Mark Borboran sealed the game for the Phoenix with a tip-in in the dying seconds of the match to snatch the what could have been a sure win for the GlobalPort, 101-99, in Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay, Wednesday night.
Down by 26 points in the last eleven minutes of the game, the Phoenix Fuelmasters ended their year in a stunning comeback against the Batang Pier after exploding for 40 big fourth quarter points while buckling up on defense and disabling GlobalPort to score more than 15 points in the payoff period.
Cyrus Baguio, who was held scoreless in the first three quarters, saved the best for last after pouring all of his seven points in the fourth quarter. His final two points got Phoenix to within a point at 95-96.
JC Intal, then, finally retook the lead for his team with his lay-up after Canaleta missed a trey on the opposite end. He had nine points in total after missing their last game due to an injury.
Rookie Matthew Wright made it a three-point lead for Phoenix after hitting his two attempts in the charity stripe. But the lead was quickly erased as he fouled Romeo on the other side while taking a shot from beyond the arc
With already 29 points in the game, Terrence Romeo calmly sinked in his three free throws to tie the game at 99-all and make it a 32 point-production for him.
In the next possession, Simon Enciso decided to take a three in the left wing but did not went in. However, with 2.1 ticks left in the regulation, Mark Borboran was there to clean it up as he hit the putback that guaranteed Phoenix’s fourth win of the season. He emerged as the Player of the Game with 23 markers and 8 rebounds.
Terrence Romeo tried to salvage the game for GlobalPort with a three-pointer that fell short as his team suffered it’s third loss while tying their counterpart with a 4-3 mark.
PHOENIX 101 – Borboran 23, Wright 19, Enciso 14, Intal 9, Baguio 7, J. Wilson 7, Alolino 6, Torres 5, Lanete 5, Caperal 4, Hayes 2, W. Wilson 0.
GLOBALPORT 99 – Romeo 32, Pringle 15, Pennisi 12, Quinahan 10, Pessumal 10, Canaleta 8, Mamaril 4, Maierhofer 4, Cortez 4, Aban 0.
Quarterscores: 20-22, 42-53, 61-84, 101-99