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

Phoenix did a great job of putting NLEX star Robert Bolick in their PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup match.

RJ Jazul seemed uninterested in taking credit in the aftermath of Phoenix’s 112-77 loss to NLEX in the PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City on Saturday, April 20.

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

“Kami, whoever is open, we move the ball long,” said Jazul, who supplemented his offense with four rebounds and as many assists without a single turnover in nearly 22 minutes of action.

He was actually aware.

The Fuel Masters dished out 29 assists, which also led to them hitting 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 glad we were able to convert.”

But it wasn’t just the offense that worked wonders for the Fuel Masters.

NLEX star Robert Bolick struggled to conjure his magic, while guys like Jayvee Mocon and Kent Salado made things difficult for him at the rim.

The productive Bolick scored a measly 11 points on 3-for-13 shooting, including 0-for-5 from three-point range.

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

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But with a pedestrian 3-5 record, Phoenix is ​​still not guaranteed a spot in the quarterfinals.

The road won’t be any easier either as the Fuel Masters will take on perennial rivals TNT at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Malate on Wednesday, April 24.

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But Jazul and Jarin are hopeful that Phoenix can build on this crushing win with just three games left on the calendar.

“As I always say: the most important match is the next match. We need to rest our bodies and prepare for our match against TNT. It won’t be easy. We will work the hardest and hopefully we will get another win,” said Jarin.