Meralco, Phoenix trade shooters ahead of 1st PBA game

Meralco, Phoenix trade shooters ahead of 1st PBA game

- Bolts traded Ronjay Buenafe to the Phoenix Fuel Masters in exchange for Jonathan Uyloan

- Buenafe average 1.7 points per game last conference while Uyloan averaged 6.1 points per game

- On July 15, the two teams will play each other in their first game of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup

With only a few days to go before the start of the 2016 PBA Governors Cup, the Phoenix Fuel Masters and the Meralco Bolts are both making slight changes to their line-up.

The Bolts traded Ronjay Buenafe in exchange for Jonathan Uyloan from the Fuel Masters in a one-on-one agreement which was approved by the PBA Commissioner’s office on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Buenafe played very limited minutes for the Bolts during the second conference, averaging only 4.1 minutes a game, 1.7 points and 0.4 rebounds.

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Meralco, Phoenix trade shooters ahead of 1st PBA game

Ronjay Buenafe (Photo credit: Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net)

The shooting guard from the Emilio Aguinaldo College joins rookie guards Simon Enciso and Mark Cruz as well as veteran guards Chico Lanete and Josh Urbiztondo.  The Phoenix Fuel Masters were eliminated early in the second conference with a 3-8 win-loss record.

On the other hand, Uyloan was able to average 6.1 points per game, 1.4 assists and 1 rebound while shooting a phenomenal 51 percent from the three-point field for the GlobalPort Batang Pier during the previous conference. He was traded to the Fuel Masters in May but has been traded again before even officially playing for the team.

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Meralco, Phoenix trade shooters ahead of 1st PBA game

Uyloan (Photo credit: PBA Talks)

Uyloan will provide a much-needed assistance to Meralco guards Jimmy Alapag and Baser Amer for the third conference. The Meralco Bolts finished in second place for the 2016 PBA Commissioners’ Cup with an 8-3 record but was eliminated by the Alaska Aces in the semi-finals.

The first game for the Meralco Bolts and the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the Governors’ Cup is against each other. Their match will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum at 4:15 p.m., Friday, July 15.

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