Phoenix blows 26-point lead, holds on to douse fiery Romeo, San Miguel

May 25, 2023

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The Phoenix Fuel Masters lean on a scorching start and balanced attack to stave off a massive 26-point comeback from the Terrence Romeo-led San Miguel Beermen.

MANILA, Philippines – The Phoenix Fuel Masters averted a late disaster in the ongoing PBA On Tour exhibition series, denying the San Miguel Beermen a huge 26-point comeback with a 106-101 escape at the Ynares Sports Arena on Wednesday, May 24.

Former Adamson standout Simon Camacho led eight Phoenix players in double-digit scoring with 15 points and 8 rebounds in just 20 minutes off the bench.

Breakout guard Tyler Tio added 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from three, the last being a clutch go-ahead shot with 48 seconds left that ended San Miguel’s brief 3-minute lead after once trailing by 26, 27-53, midway through the second quarter.

Veteran big man Raul Soyud made up for his 6-turnover game with a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double topped by a crucial layup with 26 ticks to play, 104-101, setting the stage for exhibition call-up Daniel Atienza to ice the game with a pair of free throws in the end.

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