PHOENIX Super LPG didn't go inside the PBA bubble just for the sake of playing the season.
Despite the short time frame to prepare for their campaign as has been the case for the rest of the field, the Fuel Masters are taking their Philippine Cup stint seriously at the Smart 5G-powered Angeles University Foundation gym.
Veteran guard RR Garcia was quick to draw the lines after Phoenix won its first two games for a share of the early lead with favorites Barangay Ginebra and TnT Katropa.
"Hindi kami pumunta rito para mag-bakasyon. Pumunta kami rito para mag-compete," he said.
The Fuel Masters began to make heads turn after their 110-105 win over a NorthPort side, which many consider as a top contender for the All-Filipino championship.
While the feeling may be good for a team that made it to the semifinals of this same conference last season, it may be too early to tell if Phoenix indeed, has what it takes to advance again into the next round given the distractions it had to hurdle in the off-season when coach Topex Robinson took over the place of veteran Louie Alas.
"There's still so much work to be done," admitted Robinson. "And we still have a lot to learn in this bubble experience."
The Fuel Masters know the coming week is going to be hell for them as they take on heavyweights TnT Tropang Giga, Barangay Ginebra, and Magnolia.
So they're really grateful about having a good start to the season moving forward.
"We're just in a better situation right now to really experiment and innovate," said Robinson.
"We're here to be a better version of ourselves."
Team captain RJ Jazul agrees with his coach 100 percent.
"If you're playing as a team, winning will come, eventually," he said. "At least ngayon nakakapag-pundar kami ng panalo." (RG)