PBA: Phoenix leans on defense anew to turn back North Port

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ That couldn’t be truer when the FuelMasters returned to action and survived NorthPort, 98-96, Wednesday night in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Araneta Coliseum.“Our defensive character has been improving,” Alas told reporters in the post-game presser. “We’ve always believed that it’s our offense that pulls us through. But this is the fourth time we won through our stops.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMatthew Wright and Justin Chua came through for Phoenix, tallying 22 and 19 points, respectively.The Batang Pier, meanwhile, drew commendable scoring performances from Moala Tautuaa and Sean Anthony, who combined for 42 markers. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES For the longest time, Phoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas has pointed to his team’s defense as biggest factor to their string of victories.ADVERTISEMENT Eager to recover from NU loss, Lady Warriors vent ire on Lady Falcons again NorthPort, on the other hand, dropped to 2-3. It faces Meralco next.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college But the telling bit boiled down to Phoenix’s defensive might. Alas’ wards outshined NorthPort in blocks, 5-3, and steals, 11-7, a bid to keep their loss count to just a single game.“It’s because of our defense that we won the game,” he added.And while Alas could heave a sigh of relief, it  will only be brief with the Fuel Masters facing Alaska,  the team he formerly served, on Friday at MOA Arena.The FuelMasters will stake their 6-1 record, which is the second-best in the Philippine Cup.“This was hard,” he said of the cardiac game with NorthPort. “But Friday’s harder. That’s for sure.”ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View commentslast_img

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