Phoenix got some of its edge back Saturday as head coach Louie Alas returned from a two-game suspension.
The Fuel Masters then proceeded to win their second game of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup in the most Phoenix way possible, surviving Alaska in an absolute slugfest.
Phoenix still misses Calvin Abueva due to indefinite suspension but the Fuel Masters can no longer worry about that.
The team has to move on and part one of moving on is regaining some of that mojo they lost.
“We had to get the monkey off our back,” guard Matthew Wright said.
“We were in a bad light with the media and everything that was happening with Calvin. We don’t wanna talk about that anymore, we just wanna put that in the past,” he added.
As Phoenix dealt with some adversity and a three-game losing skid, Wright was vocal about his team going soft.
After a big win over Alaska, he and the rest of the Fuel Masters have restored a little of their identity and they’ll continue to keep doing that to make up for some lost ground.
“I called out the team for being soft and I had to look in the mirror as well, I had to improve my game and be a leader, practice what I preach,” Wright said.
“We came out today and we played tough, physical basketball. We played Phoenix basketball that you guys have seen. There’s no other way to play it, we’re not talented enough to just score points, we have to manufacture points the hard way. We have to make up with Calvin’s absence and we did a good job today,” he added.
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