May 29, 2024

PBA: Team play, holding down NLEX sniper Robert Bolick, key Phoenix win

PBA: Team play, holding down NLEX sniper Robert Bolick, key Phoenix win
Robert Bolick only manages to produce 11 points for NLEX in a successful defensive effort for Phoenix in their PBA encounter on Saturday, April 20. | Photo (c) PBA

RJ Jazul did not seem interested in hogging the credit in the aftermath of Phoenix’s 112-77 beatdown of NLEX in the PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City on Saturday, April 20.

When asked about his 19-point collection built on six triples, Jazul referred to team play.

“Kami, whoever is open, we move the ball lang,” said Jazul, who complemented his offense with four rebounds and the same number of assists without a single turnover in almost 22 minutes of action.

He actually was on point.


The Fuel Masters dished out 29 assists, which also resulted in them rifling in 17-of-33 triples for an impressive 51 percent from that range.

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Phoenix coach Jamike Jarin echoed Jazul’s sentiment.

“We just found the open man. We moved the ball very well,” said Jarin.

“I’m just happy we’re able to convert.”


But it was not just offense that was working wonders for the Fuel Masters.

NLEX star Robert Bolick struggled to conjure his magic with guys like Jayvee Mocon and Kent Salado makings things rough for him on the perimeter.

The prolific Bolick scored a measly 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting, including 0-for-5 in the three-point area.

“We focused on stopping, well, containing, Robert Bolick. 'Yun talaga ang game plan,” said Jazul.

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But with a pedestrian 3-5 record, Phoenix is still not assured of a quarterfinal berth yet.

The road will also not be easier, with the Fuel Masters set to square off against perennial contender TNT on Wednesday, April 24, at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Malate.

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But Jazul and Jarin are hopeful Phoenix could build on this smashing victory with only three games left on their calendar.

“Like what I always say, the most important game is the next game. We have to rest our bodies and prepare for our game against TNT. It's not gonna be easy. We’ll work hardest and hopefully we get another win,” said Jarin.