Phoenix’s Struggles in PBA Philippine Cup


Phoenix Fuel Masters face a challenging Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup season, a stark contrast to their previous campaign where an exceptional import led them to a semifinal spot.

Adjusting Without Key Players

Jason Perkins, pivotal in Phoenix’s 113-107 triumph over Converge FiberXers, believes they can’t rely on the absence of Commissioner’s Cup Best Import, Johnathan Williams, as an excuse anymore. “If we do what we do in practices and games, we shouldn’t be pressured about it,” Perkins asserted, after an impressive 26-point, 13-rebound, and four-assist performance, helping Phoenix break a two-game losing streak and reach a 2-4 record.

Adjusting to life without Williams remains a process for Phoenix. Lead assistant Willie Wilson acknowledged the challenge of maximizing their big men in Williams’ absence. Rookie Matthew Daves shone brightly with 11 points and six rebounds off the bench, while Larry Muyang and Chris Lalata contributed ten minutes each.

PBA Standings and Phoenix’s Position

Phoenix finds themselves striving to climb the PBA standings. Currently, they are chasing Meralco and Rain or Shine, both at 3-4. Phoenix, with its 2-4 record, aims to close the gap and secure a better position in the league.

Finding New Talents

Young talents like Ken Tuffin, Ricci Rivero, and Javee Mocon are stepping up for Phoenix. Despite missing injured shooter Tyler Tio, these players are making valuable contributions. Rivero scored 17 points, showcasing his skills in three-point plays during the third quarter, while Tuffin recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds. Mocon added 11 points, four rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.

Challenges for Converge FiberXers

Converge FiberXers, on the other hand, continue to struggle with an 0-7 record. Their star player, Justin Arana, displayed frustration with the team’s performance, receiving a technical foul for protesting a non-call during their recent game against Phoenix.


Phoenix Fuel Masters face significant challenges in the PBA Philippine Cup. Despite the absence of key players and the adjustment period they are undergoing, the team remains determined to improve their performance. With players like Jason Perkins leading the charge and young talents stepping up, Phoenix is working towards overcoming their struggles and making a mark in the league.


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