The Phoenix Fuel Masters and TNT Tropang Giga put on another game for the ages, an 110-103 victory for the Fuel Masters that tied the series at 1-1.
Ray Parks had a huge game with 41 points and six rebounds, along with 10 three pointers, but with just under five minutes left in the game saw himself foul out after a failed charge attempt against bitter rival Calvin Abueva.
Phoenix held an 18-point lead at one point, but TNT fought back to take a two point lead halfway through the fourth. The Fuel Masters rallied well after Parks fouled out, though, taking the lead back at 94-92 with four minutes left in the game.
Using a size advantage and savvy play to draw fouls, Phoenix managed to push the lead to 103-97 with two minutes left thanks to pair of free throws from Jason Perkins.
When it mattered most, The Beast came up with huge rebounds and tips that kept possessions alive. This allowed his team to burn a minute of time and pad their lead to 107-97 with 46 seconds left in the game.
Abueva was named player of the game after he finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds, and four assists. He got a lot of help from Jason Perkins, who had 21 points and four rebounds, and Justin Chua, who had 18 points after going 0 for 10 from the floor in Game 1.
This was an especially important with for Phoenix because even though Matthew Wright played, he was clearly hobbled by his foot injury from the previous game and had two points in 15 minutes of action. Even though he didn’t affect the box score, his willingness to get on the floor galvanized his teammates.
RR Pogoy had a tough night for his stellar standards, and only managed put up 13 points on 5 of 15 shooting for the Tropang Giga.
We’re now guaranteed to see the full five games of the series, and the big winner of the night are PBA fans. Game 3 should be a doozy, and tipoff is 3:45 pm on Sunday November 22.