Fuel Masters ignores outside noise in the pounding Road Warriors

Phoenix's rookie Tyler Tio.

Phoenix’s rookie Tyler Tio. –PBA PHOTOS SMALL

Topex Robinson and Phoenix Fuel Masters coaches would rather worry about the basketball aspect than the financial issues that have put their futures in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) in doubt.

“We have no control over what is going on around us. We’re pros and we just act like that,” Robinson said after Fuel Masters’ 111-97 Commissioners Cup win over NLEX Road Warriors on Saturday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Getting a breakthrough 0-3 starting win after rookie Tyler Tio came days after a Batangas court sent a penalty notice to the federation for claiming Phoenix’s unpaid debts.

This announcement comes after a tender by Absolut Distillers Inc. Ltd. owned by Lucio Tan to raise 157 million pesos from the company of Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy.

17 banks believed to have accounts and interests of Uy and Phoenix were also sanctioned by Branch 14 of the Nasugbu District Court.

Phoenix’s situation added to Fuel Masters’ woes, who, in addition to a slow start, entered the conference with excellent AD carry Matthew Wright taking his talent to the Japanese B.League and Jason Perkins being beaten up. knee injury.

“It was a challenge,” admitted Robinson. “We owe it to the team to make sure we fight like hell. They were so good to us [despite of] everything is happening. “

Determined not to let himself be swayed by distractions, Tio delivered his best performance since being labeled a second-round stealer by the Fuel Masters in this year’s Rookie Draft.

The former Ateneo player scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half, helping Phoenix take control after a seesaw battle against the NLEX team that eventually had new coach Frankie Lim benched.

“I think the outside noise is just… we can’t do anything about it,” said Tio. “So as professionals we owe it to ourselves and our teammates to just do our job and that’s what we did.”

Javee Mocon (23 points, nine rebounds and six assists) and imported Kaleb Wesson (22 points, 21 rebounds and seven assists) were also assigned to Phoenix in what the team hopes will be a promising sign. in uncertain times.

It was NLEX’s first loss after taking a 2-0 lead to open the mid-season run, denying Lim a winning start to his official debut as the man tapped to succeed Yeng Guiao. Earl Clark’s 36 points, 20 rebounds and eight assists failed to help the NLEX raise the bar. to another victory.

TNT claimed a dominating 117-93 win over NorthPort, helping to remove the dire consequences of last Wednesday’s heartbreaking 94-92 loss to Magnolia. Batang Pier reduced to 2-2.

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