Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters

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Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters
2022–23 Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters season
Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters logo
Founded2016
HistoryPhoenix Fuel Masters (2016–2018)
Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters (2019)
Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters (2020–present)
Team colorsTeal, gray, white
     
CompanyPhoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc.
Board governorDennis Uy
Raymond Zorrilla (alternate)
Team managerPaolo Bugia
Head coachJamike Jarin (interim)
OwnershipDennis Ang Uy
Affiliation(s)Limitless Appmasters
Websitewww.phoenixfuels.ph/phoenix-fuel-masters/

The Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters is a professional basketball team owned by Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc., which debuted in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) in the 2016 Commissioner's Cup. The franchise began after the company acquired the second Barako Bull team in January 2016.

History[edit]

In March 2011, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc., a sponsor of the PBA games, had expressed interest in acquiring a PBA franchise and were in talks to acquire the franchise of the original Barako Bull Energy Boosters team (owned by the Energy Food and Drink, Inc.).[1] For the sale to proceed, a two-thirds approval from the PBA Board of Governors was needed (7 out of 10 votes).[2] However, it failed to get the necessary number of votes.[3] Reportedly, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) intended to rename its PBA team as the Petron Blaze Boosters for the 2011 PBA Governors Cup, hence its objection to the proposed entry of Phoenix Petroleum, a business competitor of Petron, in 2011.[4] SMC reverted to playing as the San Miguel Beermen in 2014.

In July 2011, the PBA franchise of the original Barako Bull Energy Boosters was acquired by the Lina Group of Companies, owner of the original Air21 Express team, reportedly for 50 million pesos.[5] The franchise went on to play as the Shopinas.com Clickers[6] and, later, as the second Air21 Express team. In June 2014, the Lina Group sold this franchise to Manila North Tollways Corporation and became the NLEX Road Warriors.[7][8]

The Start Of Fuel Masters[edit]

Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters' logo used during the 2016 Commissioner's Cup
Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters' logo used from 2017 to 2018.
Logo used in 2019.

In January 2016, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. sealed a deal to acquire the team known as the second Barako Bull team (also known as the original Air21 Express team) from the Lina Group, reportedly in the amount of 100 million pesos.[9] The PBA board of governors unanimously approved the sale on January 20, 2016. In addition, the board also gave its approval for Phoenix Petroleum to play in the 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup instead of waiting until the 2016–17 PBA season.[10] The coaching staff, players' contracts and contractual obligations will be carried over by the new owners.[11]

On February 10, 2016, the Phoenix Fuel Masters officially announced their entry into the PBA with a press conference, followed by the unveiling of their new uniforms, held at Novotel Manila in Araneta Center, Cubao.[12] The Fuel Masters debuted in the PBA with a 118–106 win over the NLEX Road Warriors at the 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup, with Nigerian Kenny Adeleke as import.[13] After four games, he was waived and Kevinn Pinkney took his place as the team reinforcement.

On May 31, 2016, Phoenix announced the appointment of Westports Malaysia Dragons head coach Ariel Vanguardia as the new head coach of the team. He will take over the position formerly occupied by Banal.[14]

Current roster[edit]

Players Coaches
Pos. # POB Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
C 1 Philippines Muyang, Larry 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1995–06–04 Letran
F 2 United States Manganti, Sean 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 1994–04–18 Adamson
G 3 Philippines Lojera, Kurt (R) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1995–10–16 De La Salle
C 4 Philippines Soyud, Raul 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 222 lb (101 kg) 1991–01–14 UP Diliman
F/C 6 Philippines Lalata, Chris (R) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1995–01–09 Olivarez
F 7 Philippines Mocon, Javee 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1995–04–07 San Beda
G 8 Philippines Garcia, RR 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1990–01–12 Far Eastern
F/C 11 Philippines Adamos, Ben 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995–12–30 UPHSD
G 12 Philippines Alejandro, Jjay 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1995–04–13 National-U
G 13 Philippines Jazul, RJ (C) 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1986–04–11 Letran
G 16 Philippines Go, Jollo (R) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 166 lb (75 kg) 1997–01–16 De La Salle
G 18 Philippines Serrano, Encho (R) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 1999–09–18 De La Salle
G 19 Philippines Tio, Tyler (R) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998–04–05 Ateneo
F 20 Philippines Camacho, Simon 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Adamson
F 30 United States Perkins, Jason 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1992–09–20 De La Salle
F 32 United States Maxwell, Du'Vaughn (I) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1991–10–28 Hampton
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Team manager



Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (I) Import
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • (R) Rookie
  • (3x3) Assigned to 3x3 team
  • Injured Injured

Roster



Players of note[edit]

Imports[edit]

Front Office[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Topex Robinson and the Fuel Masters during a timeout.
Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters Head Coaches
# Name Start End Regular Season Playoffs Best Finish Achievements
GC W L Win% GC W L Win%
1 Koy Banal 2016 2016 11 3 8 .273 0 0 0 N/A N/A
2 Ariel Vanguardia 2016 2017 44 17 27 .386 5 1 4 .200 Quarterfinals Quarterfinals
3 Louie Alas 2017 2020 66 33 33 .500 7 1 6 .857 Semifinals Semifinals
4 Topex Robinson 2020 present
Assistant coaches Team Manager Board Governor Alternate Governor
  • Raymond T. Zorrilla (2016 – present)

Season-by-season records[edit]

Records from the 2022–23 PBA season:
Conf. Team name Elimination round Playoffs
Finish W L PCT Stage Results
PHI Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters 11th/12 3 8 .273 Did not qualify
COM 7th/13 6 6 .500 Quarterfinals Magnolia** 102, Phoenix 95
GOV 8th/12 4 7 .364 TBD TBD
Total elimination round 13 21 .382 0 Semifinals appearance
Total playoffs 0 1 .000 0 Finals appearance
Total 2022–23 13 22 .371 0 Championships
Total franchise 90 122 .425 0 Championships

*one-game playoff
**team had the twice-to-beat advantage

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beltran, Nelson (March 22, 2011). "Barako Bull opts to leave PBA". Philippine Star. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  2. ^ Phoenix needs PBA board's approval for purchase of Barako, GMA News Online, March 1, 2011
  3. ^ most-but-not-quite-no-phoenix-petroleum-in-pro-league-for-now Al most, but not quite: No Phoenix Petroleum in pro league — for now, Rey Joble, GMA News Online, March 29, 2011
  4. ^ Phoenix Petroleum’s PBA entry a big concern for San Miguel, Rey Joble, GMA News Online, March 14, 2011
  5. ^ Beltran, Nelson (July 9, 2011). "Board okays Lina takeover of Barako, TV5 pact". Philippine Star. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  6. ^ Beltran, Nelson (July 16, 2011). "Kings to ship Miller to Express for Canaleta". Philippine Star. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  7. ^ NLEX reaches deal to acquire Air 21 franchise, awaits league approval Archived June 26, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com, June 23, 2014
  8. ^ PBA approval of Air21's sale to NLEX clears way for Joseph Yeo trade to Ginebra for draft pick, Snow Badua, spin.ph, June 26, 2014
  9. ^ Beltran, Nelson (January 19, 2016). "Barako Bull, Phoenix agree on sale of PBA franchise". The Philippine Star. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  10. ^ PBA Board OKs sale of Barako Bull, PBA.inquirer.net, January 20, 2016
  11. ^ Bracher, Jane (February 10, 2016). "Phoenix to fuel PBA". Rappler.com. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  12. ^ Saberon-Ablayan, Marianne (January 23, 2016). "Phoenix, formerly Barako Bull, thrilled with new PBA beginning". Sun.Star. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  13. ^ Beltran, Nelson (February 18, 2016). "Fuel Masters smother Warriors in big debut". The Philippine Star. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  14. ^ Terrado, Reuben (May 31, 2016). "Ariel Vanguardia replaces Koy Banal as Phoenix coach to kick off PBA team's facelift". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved May 31, 2016.