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PBA: Mahindra suffers 1st loss

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New team Phoenix Fuel has claimed its second straight win, but not because of import Eugene Phelps. This time, the locals did most of the damage.

Cyrus Baguio scored a personal conference high 22 points, while Mark Borboran added 13 points including 11 in the final frame as Phoenix dealt Mahindra its first loss, 100-94, in the PBA Governors’ Cup last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Baguio, who the Fuel Masters received in a trade with Alaska, went 7-of-11 from the field as he powered the team’s comeback from a 34-14 deficit early in the second period.

A three-point shot by the veteran Baguio shattered the game’s last deadlock and gave Phoenix an 87-84 advantage with 4:20 left in the game. After rookie forward Keith Agovida cut it to one, Baguio put the Fuel Masters ahead by three points anew with a jump shot, 89-86, 3:32 to play.

The Enforcer regained the lead, 90-89, on an Aldrech Ramos tip-in and import James White’s putback, 2:12 to go.

But Borboran buried a booming triple in the next play and got a break when Ramos was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul via the landing spot rule. Borboran completed the four-point play for a 93-90 lead.

Phelps, who debuted with 52 points in a win against Globalport, had 23 points and 21 rebounds despite being bothered by cramps late in the game.

PHOENIX 100 – Phelps 23, Baguio 22, Borboran 13, Lee 13, Cruz 6, Caperal 5, Lanete 5, Torres 4, Buenafe 3, Enciso 3, Wilson J. 2, Wilson W. 1, Pennisi 0.

MAHINDRA 94 – White 24, Ramos 18, Taha 13, Canaleta 10, Digregorio 7, Agovida 6, Jaime 4, Yee 4, Aguilar 2, Guinto 2, Pinto 2, Webb 2, Zandi 0, Elorde 0.

Quarters: 13-24, 44-45, 68-71, 100-94.