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Phoenix rises to the top with victory over NorthPort in PBA

MANILA, Philippines–Phoenix maintained its status as among the top teams of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after pulling away in the fourth quarter to defeat NorthPort, 113-104, Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Import Johnathan Williams accounted for almost half of the team scored in the payoff period to propel the Fuel Masters to a sixth straight win, tying a franchise record.

Williams finished with 38 points, 19 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and two blocks for Phoenix, which now has a 7-1 record.

The Fuel Masters as of posting time hold a share of the lead with the Magnolia Hotshots, who in the other game of the twinbill were scheduled to face the Terrafirma Dyip.

Rookie Ken Tuffin scored 15 points while Tyler Tio added 14 for Phoenix in the win that came despite missing Jason Perkins due to flu.

Phoenix rookie Ken Tuffin.–MARLO CUETO/