PBA: Wright drills game-winning triple as Phoenix cooks Hotshots

Paul Lintag on May 06, 2018 06:46 PM
PBA: Wright drills game-winning 3 as Phoenix cooks Magnolia
After turning the ball over a couple of possessions earlier, Wright redeemed himself perfectly, losing Rafi Reavis with a nasty stepback before burying the go-ahead triple in the dying seconds for an 88-87 Phoenix lead

For the first time since 2016, Phoenix beats Magnolia.

Matthew Wright made the milestone win possible as the Gilas Pilipinas gunner drilled a booming three with 3.2 seconds to go to push the Fuel Masters to a pulsating 89-87 win over the Hotshots Sunday at the MOA Arena.

After turning the ball over a couple of possessions earlier, Wright redeemed himself perfectly, losing Rafi Reavis with a nasty stepback before burying the go-ahead triple in the dying seconds for an 88-87 Phoenix lead

After the Hotshots were called for a technical for calling a timeout they no longer had, Wright made another free throw for good measure as Phoenix got one over Magnolia for the first time since the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup, breaking a six-game slump.

PJ Simon then went the length of the floor to get a decent final attempt but his triple was way off.

"Deja vu kay Matthew Wright sa game against TNT last conference. Down by two, Matthew Wright three points," head coach Louie Alas said.

"Good thing naka-[rise] sila sa challenge. Yun ang sabi namin sa halftime, we were very flat the whole first 24 minutes. You just play, pero kung di niyo dadalhin pride niyo, stay here," he added.

Phoenix was down 10 at the break and appeared to be in trouble in the third as the Hotshots opened up a 62-46 lead.

But the Fuel Masters would finally catch fire in the fourth, firing a 10-0 run to take the lead, 85-84.

Magnolia wold regain the lead after an Ian Sangalang basket but the door was left open for Phoenix after Paul Lee split his charities for an 87-85 lead, setting up Wright's heroics.

Wright, toegther with import James White, scored 19 apiece for the now 2-1 Fuel Masters. Willy Wilson finished with 17 while rookie Jason Perkins added another 16.

For the Hotshots, Vernon Macklin dropped 25 points and 17 rebounds. Paul Lee fired 20 but it wasn't enough for Magnolia to win its first assignment.

 

The Scores:

 

PHOENIX 89 — White 19, Wright 19, Wilson 17, Perkins 16, Chan 6, Jazul 4, Chua 3, Intal 2, Kramer 2, Revilla 1, Alolino 0, Mendoza 0.

MAGNOLIA 87 — Macklin 25, Lee 20, Sangalang 12, Dela Rosa 10, Herndon 6, Jalalon 6, Barroca 5, Simon 2, Brondial 1, Gamalinda 0, Ramos 0, Reavis 0.

 

Quarters: 17-24, 45-35, 63-70, 89-87.

 


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