McKay’s 42-22 pow­ers Phoenix

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By NEL­SON BEL­TRAN

Jameel McKay poured in a PBA high of 42 points in a hy­per­ac­tive per­for­mance be­fore go­ing down with cramps with 1:22 left to play as Phoenix Petroleum clob­bered a crip­pled Alaska Milk side, 94-86, to bol­ster its play­off hopes in the PBA Com­mis­sioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coli­seum last night.

McKay also hauled down 22 re­bounds in de­liv­er­ing only the sec­ond 40-point and 20-re­bound game in the tour­ney and drew clutch ef­forts from for­mer Aces Cyrus Baguio and RJ Jazul as Phoenix pulled off its first win over Alaska.

Redeem­ing it­self from a sorry loss to Rain or Shine the last time out, Phoenix closed in on joint fifth plac­ers Alaska (4-2), Star (4-2) and ROS (4-2) with a third win against four losses.

McKay, Baguio and Jazul all re­sponded to the chal­lenge of their coach on the eve of the match.

“I showed Jameel a write-up where he’s not in­cluded among the Top Five best im­ports in the tour­ney. Maybe be­cause we’re not win­ning games,” said Phoenix coach Ariel Van­guardia.

“I met with him along with Cyrus and RJ Wednesday. But it was re­ally about Cyrus and RJ. I re­minded them, ‘yes, Alaska is your team be­fore but you’re with us now,’” Van­guardia said. “They’re too nice. We’re ac­tu­ally too nice. I asked them ‘let’s be phys­i­cal with them. Let’s match their phys­i­cal­ity.’”

McKay came out ex­tra hard, even en­dur­ing cramps un­til he went down to the floor un­able to move any­more.

“He was cramp­ing with eight min­utes left to play. But he con­tin­ued to play as he re­ally wanted to win,” said Van­guardia of McKay, the sec­ond player to record a 40-point and 20-re­bound game after Eu­gene Phelps piled up 53 mark­ers and 21 boards in Phoenix’s first game in the tour­ney.

Donte Greene erupted for 33 points and 10 re­bounds with four lo­cal team­mates con­tribut­ing dou­ble-digit out­puts as TNT KaTropa smoth­ered Glob­alPort, 109-88, for a fifth win against a loss in the night­cap.

The Tex­ters dished out an im­pec­ca­ble game com­ing from an 11-day break and fi­nally pulled off a dom­i­nant win after three suc­ces­sive es­cape acts ver­sus Black­wa­ter (9289), NLEX (126-121 in over­time) and Mahindra (86-84). The scores: First Game PHOENIX 94 – McKay 42, Baguio 12, Jazul 10, Wright 7, Borbo­ran 7, Kramer 6, Alolino 5, Mi­randa 5, Tor­res 0, De­hesa 0.

ALASKA 86 – Jef­fer­son 31, Ca­sio 14, Thoss 8, Ex­ci­mini­ano 6, Ra­cal 6, Men­doza 6, En­ciso 5, Cruz 3, Dela Cruz 3, Hon­tiveros 2, An­drada 2, Pas­cual 0. Quar­ter­scores: 25-19, 42-36, 66-62, 94-86 Sec­ond Game TNT 109 – Greene 33, Castro 15, De Ocampo 14, Fonacier 12, Po­goy 10, Tau­tuaa 7, Wil­liams 6, Rosario 5, Reyes 3, Ros­ales 2, Rosser 2, Tamsi 0, Hernandez 0, Golla 0, Carey 0.

GLOB­ALPORT 88 – White 21, Romeo 20, Quiña­han 19, Pringle 15, Pes­sumal 5, Cortez 4, For­rester 3, Ma­maril 1, Ababou 0, Maier­hofer 0, Pare­des 0, Aban 0, Pen­nisi 0.

Quar­ter­scores: 27-22, 56-49, 77-65, 109-88

JUN MEN­DOZA

Matthew Wright of Phoenix squeezes his way out of the dou­ble team de­fense of Sonny Thoss (left) and Bryan Cruz of Alaska.

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