Chan made six triples in the first two quarters that saw the Fuel Masters take a 19-point lead at one point, only to run out of gas in the second half when the Elasto Painters tightened their defense to complete a come-from-behind 108-106 victory.
“Nakakainis,” Chan said. “Trabaho tayo ng first half and then after that, babawiin lang. Kailangan namin matuto.”
The loss was Phoenix’s fourth in a row, dropping to 3-6 with two games left in the eliminations.
Phoenix needs to beat GlobalPort on June 20 and Alaska on July 6 to stay in contention for at least a playoff for the eighth and final quarterfinals berth.