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Jazul rebounds, fuels Phoenix in win over GlobalPort
Phoenix Fuelmasters' RJ Jazul soars for a basket against GlobalPort Batang Pier's Malcom White in the first PBA skirmish at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Friday night. PBA Media Bureau
MANILA, Philippines — Phoenix's RJ Jazul already knew what was at stake ever since the conference resumed. And after a dismal showing last Wednesday, he was quick to make his presence felt Friday night.
And expectedly, his effort translated into a 84-72 win over GlobalPort at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
"Crucial 'yung [game], kasi kung matalo man kami, bababa kami sa standings," Jazul said shortly after the game. "We needed this win to separate us from the lower teams."
The Fuelmasters guard accounted for 21 points, just a marker shy from pacing all of his teammates. Their import, Jameel McKay, registered 22.
Both Phoenix and GlobalPort were playing without their top guns—Matthew Wright and Terrence Romeo—who were both excused for the upcoming SEABA hostilities.
Jazul noted that his terrible showing against Bolts last Wednesday was one of the primary motivations going into the game against Batang Pier.
"Simula nung sa nung Meralco [loss], playoff games na 'yung mga nilalaro namin," he offered. "If we want to [actually] make the playoffs ... we have to play better."
Jazul finished seven points on a 1-of-13 clip in the game against Bolts. And while it was an easy deep rut to get out of, he noted that a simple conversation with his wife really helped.
"Sabi niya 'i-tuloy mo lang ang positive mind-set,'" he shared. "Fortunately nagbunga."
Jazul and the Fuelmasters will have to ride on that positive vibe to secure a spot for the playoffs—especially in their last two remaining assignments.
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