Ateneo Doug shows up as Fuel Masters upset TNT
Tied at 72, Matthew Wright read a TNT blitz perfectly and found Kramer at the baseline in front of the Phoenix bench. And similar to his game-winning shot for Ateneo in Game 1 of the UAAP Final over a decade ago, Kramer drilled the clutch floater, giving the Fuel Masters the lead with three seconds to go.
Doug Kramer from the 2006 UAAP Finals showed up for Phoenix.
Behind Kramer's late floater, the Fuel Masters escaped with a thrilling 74-72 win over TNT KaTropa in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at the MOA Arena.
Tied at 72, Matthew Wright read a TNT blitz perfectly and found Kramer at the baseline in front of the Phoenix bench.
And similar to his game-winning shot for Ateneo in Game 1 of the UAAP Final over a decade ago, Kramer drilled the clutch floater, giving the Fuel Masters the lead with three seconds to go.
On the other end, Phoenix walked away with a victory after birthday boy Kelly Williams missed a game-tying floater of his own.
"Originally, same play yun sa previous play ni Matt [Matthew Wright] na three points. But I told Matt na they will stay home on you so you have to read kung anong depensa, bini-blitz kasi siya eh," head coach Louie Alas said, going through the motions of his team's final offensive play.
"So good thing pag-blitz sa kanya, pick-and-pop. Good play by Matt [dishing to Kramer]. Desisyon niya yun. Siya yung first option but I said kung ido-double ka, looke for Doug kasi si Doug talaga malilibre dun," he added.
Down three, 69-72, it was Wright, who also celebrates his birthday today, that nailed a booming triple to tie things up in the final 44 seconds.
The Fil-Canadian sniper finished with 16 points, five rebounds, and two assists.
Jeff Chan and Gelo Alolino had 11 and 10 points respectively while Kramer was good for eight points and seven boards.
Phoenix was down all game long, trailing by 13 in the first half before fighting back slowly, relying on defense.
The Fuel Masters limited the KaTropa to 11 points in the final 12 minutes, completing the comeback to improve to 4-4, tied with TNT in the standings.
As for the KaTropa, their shooting woes persisted, connecting on only 36.5 percent from the field as a team.
Anthony Semerad led the way with 12 points while RR Pogoy had 10. The team also lost forward Troy Rosario early in the fourth as the 6'7" stalwart had to be taken out of the arena via stretcher following a bad fall.
Phoenix (74): Wright 16, Chan 11, Alolino 10, Perkins 8, Kramer 8, Wilson 8, Jazul 5, Chua 4, Mendoza 4, Revilla 0, Intal 0, Eriobu 0, Cortes 0, Dehesa 0
TNT (72): Semerad 12, Pogoy 10, Tautuaa 9, Castro 9, Williams 8, Reyes 5, Tamsi 5, Carey 4, Rosario 4, Garcia 3, Torres 3
Quarter scores: 20-24, 30-40, 56-61, 74-72
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