Sunday, March 4, 2012



Petron Blaze seeks a piece of third place while Rain or Shine looks to stay close with the frontrunners as the two teams, both losers in the Philippine Cup Final Four, clash in an interesting tiff in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo Sunday.

Imports Nick Fazekas and Duke Crews provide interesting side showdown in the 6:30 p.m. match.

Fazekas has secured his spot at Petron following a 45-point, 22-rebound versus Air21 Wednesday. Crews, meanwhile, is still under the microscope with Rain or Shine off to a poor 1-3 start in the mid-season tourney.

"Sa ngayon hindi na namin talaga siya papalitan. Unless, of course, masugatan, na huwag naman sana," said Petron coach Ato Agustin of Fazekas following their 102-88 rout of the Express.

Despite his short size, Crews has been putting solid numbers but just couldn’t get the Elasto Painters over the hump.

Crews and the Elasto Painters dropped close games against the Alaska Aces and the Powerade Tigers then split back-to-back games in Dubai.

Coach Yeng Guiao’s troops are now hard-pressed to win to avoid further slide in the standings.

At the moment, Rain or Shine is already a full game behind the sixth placer. The top six advance to the playoffs after the short elimination plays.

Petron has caught up with B-Meg at fifth and sixth following back-to-back wins over the Llamados and the Air21 Express.

The Boosters lost their first two games, prompting the coaching staff to consider an import change. Agustin insists, though, that they’ve nixed the idea.

Fazekas scored a season-high 45 points to go with 22 rebounds in winning his match-up with Marcus Douthit and powering Petron Blaze to a 14-point rout of the Express.

Versus the Llamados, Fazekas came through with game-highs of 23 points and 16 rebounds.

Fazekas is tipped to give Crews a tough time in their duel Sunday. (SB)