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Phoenix learn their lesson and close out Philippine Cup quarterfinal against Alaska

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Phoenix makes first semis (1:54)

The Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters will make their first-ever semifinals appearance after ousting the Alaska Aces in dominant fashion, 91-76. (1:54)

"Never again."

That's the phrase that was going through the mind of Phoenix head coach Louie Alas when his team faced Alaska in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals on Sunday.

In the Governors' Cup last season Phoenix squandered a twice-to-beat incentive against Meralco in the quarterfinals. They were not going to let that happen here.

That's why the Fuel Masters did all they could to dispose of Alaska, 91-76, and make their first semifinals appearance.

Alas was naturally happy.

"We needed to win. We needed to do our job, which is to win," Alas said after the match at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Jason Perkins, winner of the Rookie of the Year award last season, was instrumental in the victory. He finished with 31 points as the Fuel Masters booked a semis slot against either defending champion San Miguel or TNT KaTropa.

"I feel good. We worked really hard for this," Perkins said.

Now the Fuel Masters will use the time to recover and prepare for the two heavyweight team they will face in the penultimate stage of the All-Filipino conference. Asked about which team he prefers to face in the semifinals, Alas was noncommittal.

"We can't choose because they are both strong teams. But I'm praying that they will go to a Game 3 so they will be tired when we face them," he said.