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Phoenix streaks past Petron,
New Energy posts 2nd victory

Phoenix 2000 bounced back from an opening day defeat by posting a 69-48 win against Petron 2001-02, while New Energy Marketing 2008-10-11 rolled to its second victory via a 74-51 taming of Eleven Degrees/Foodman 96-99/2003 in the Msgr. John Liu & Msgr. John Su Memorial Basketball Cup at the Msgr. John B. Liu Activity Center in Bacolod City.

Paolo Li keyed Phoenix’s offense in the opening quarter as he single-handedly outscored Petron with 13 points for a 22-8 firth quarter advantage.

Phoenix only scored six points in the second quarter, giving Petron the chance to catch up, but the latter did not made much headway as they can only manage nine points, allowing Phoenix a 28-17 lead at halftime.

Petron continued to lag behind in the second half, while Phoenix churned in more points with the trio of Mark Jimenez, Li, and Jan Jan Lopue anchoring their offense. Ralph Ong and Johann Villanueva tried to rouse Petron from slumber by firing 13 and six points, respectively.

Li topscored for Phoenix with 21 points while Jimenez added 14, Lopue tallied 10, John Lee contributed 7 points, and Timothy Uy finished with 6 points.

Ong paced Petron with 16 points, Villanueva shot 8, Martin Ballesteros scored 7 points, and Jiles Barredo chipped in 6 points.

Meanwhile, the quickness and speed of New Energy has been its main weapon as it dominated Eleven Degrees for three quarters.

New Energy posted a 40-24 first half lead as Daniel Ong scored seven points with his inside incursions, while teammates Xylesis Herdon and Charles del Castillo added six points each even as Jason Yap scored seven points for Foodman.

Castillo delivered more baskets for New Energy with eight points and Mark Coo added five markers as New Energy posted a commanding 62-36 lead going to the fourth quarter.

New Energy was led by Castillo 16 points, backstopped by Mark Coo with 8 points, Gonzalez and Allen Dionela hit 7 points each, and Jappy scored Cuaycong 6 points.

Rhett Demonteverde led Eleven degrees with 11 points, Yap scored 8, Michael Sian picked up 7, and Berto Uy finished with 6 points.*NAB

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