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Jonathan Williams lifts Phoenix Super LPG to a 103-84 win over Terrafirma

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Jonathan Williams proves to be a reliable key player as he leads the Phoenix Super LPG’s 103-84 victory over Terrafirma in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup resumption at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Jonathan Williams showcased his prowess, leading the Phoenix Super LPG to a convincing 103-84 victory over Terrafirma in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, November 29, 2023.

Williams delivered an impressive performance, amassing 29 points and playing a crucial role in a decisive second-quarter run that firmly placed the Fuel Masters in control of the game. He seamlessly connected with teammates Ricci Rivero and RJ Jazul, extending the lead to a commanding 91-61.

This triumph marked Phoenix’s third consecutive win and its fourth in as many encounters with Terrafirma since last season. The Fuel Masters’ 4-1 record equals the franchise’s best start in a five-game stretch of an import-laden conference. Coach Jamike Jarin lauded Jonathan Williams for his leadership and selfless play, emphasizing the collective effort of the entire team.

“We’re just playing really good selfless basketball, and one of the reasons is (pointing to Williams) the guy on my left,” said Jarin during the post-game press conference. “Jonathan Williams is really playing well. He’s playing very selfless, and he’s also leading the team, so a lot of credit has to go to J3 here.”

Jarin highlighted the contributions of every player, emphasizing their roles in various aspects of the game, including screening, rebounding, and running. Williams, in a humble response, acknowledged the teamwork, stating, “My teammates found me earlier, and when they chased me down the post, I found my teammates.”

Currently positioned second behind the unbeaten Magnolia, Phoenix is well on its way to securing a spot among the top eight teams advancing to the quarterfinals after the 11-game eliminations. However, Coach Jarin remains focused on the present, stating, “We’re happy right now, but we cannot go to the playoffs on four wins.”

Aside from Williams, RJ Jazul contributed 13 points, while Jason Perkins and Tyler Tio each added at least 10, showcasing the team’s depth with all but two of the 14 players fielded by Jarin making significant contributions.

On the other side, Terrafirma suffered its second consecutive loss, dropping to a 2-3 record. The game took a decisive turn when Phoenix orchestrated an 18-0 run, turning a slim 25-21 lead into a commanding 43-21 advantage.

Despite the return of Thomas de Thaey from a groin injury and Juami Tiongson from flu-like fever, Terrafirma couldn’t overturn the deficit. De They managed 18 points and 14 rebounds, but Tiongson struggled, shooting 4-of-14 from the field for only 10 points. 

Stephen Holt faced a tough shooting night, concluding with just two points on a 1-of-12 clip, although he contributed eight rebounds and five assists. 

Off the bench, Javi Gomez de Liano and Ed Daquioag added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

The boxscores: 

Phoenix 103 – Williams 29, Jazul 13, Perkins 11, Tio 10, Rivero 10, Tuffin 8, Verano 7, Soyud 6, Lalata 4, Camacho 3, Garcia 2, Daves 0, Alejandro 0, Manganti 0.

Terrafirma 84 – De Thaey 18, Gomez de Liano 13, Daquioag 12, Tiongson 10, Carino 9, Cahilig 7, Miller 6, Go 3, Holt 2, Ramos 2, Alolino 2, Olivario 0, Calvo 0, Camson 0.

Quarters: 23-19, 48-32, 78-55, 103-84.

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