- Cyrus Baguio was allowed to play 36 minutes for Phoenix against San Miguel
- Baguio delivered 13 points and nine assists for his new team
- However, San Miguel still defeated Phoenix, 124-113
- Baguio believes that he needs to make a lot of adjustments and that the Fuel Masters need to focus on improving their defense
Cyrus Baguio’s second game for the Phoenix Fuel Masters was impressive despite losing to the San Miguel Beermen. However, Baguio is still adjusting to the basketball system of the Fuel Masters after spending many years for the Alaska Aces.
The 13-year veteran was the subject of s surprising trade between Phoenix and Alaska – which will receive second-round draft picks for 2017 and 2018.
Baguio did not play many minutes in his debut game for the Phoenix, which lost to the Meralco Bolts in the opening game of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup. But against the Beermen, Baguio was given the chance to display his skills for 36 big minutes, scoring 13 points and dishing out 9 assists in a losing effort. San Miguel defeated Phoenix, 124-113.
“Tingin ko marami pang adjustments lalo na parang nabigla ako sa playing time, medyo mahaba ang playing time ko. Siguro gusto rin makita ni coach na yung kumpiyansa, siguro yun ang iniisip niya, magka-kumpiyansa ako sa team and mag-gel ako sa mga teammates ko,” Baguio said.
(I think that I still have to make a lot of adjustments, especially since I was surprised with the long playing time given to me. Maybe our coach wanted to see the level of confidence I have on the team and to help improve the chemistry I have with my teammates.)
The exciting game had Phoenix on top during the third quarter with a 10-point lead at the 4:25 mark. However, San Miguel’s AZ Reid went on fire and exploded for an 11-0 run which gave the Beermen the lead going to the fourth quarter.
San Miguel also performed well in the fourth quarter, scoring 27 big points to beat the Fuel Masters. Baguio believes that the Fuel Masters need a tighter defense and more focus in order to get some wins in the new conference.
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