PBA: He did travel –- Black on Wright’s game-tying triple

Mark Escarlote on Jun 08, 2018 10:48 PM
PBA: He did travel –- Black on Wright’s game-tying triple
Meralco head coach Norman Black thought that Phoenix guard Matthew Wright got away with a travelling call that forced overtime.

Meralco could’ve won the game in regulation if not for a non-call on Matthew Wright’s well-defended made triple with five seconds left.

Bolts head coach Norman Black thought that the Phoenix sniper travelled before heaving his shot that forced the extension before Meralco eventually escaped with a 103-100 win in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday at the Big Dome.

Down 90-87, Wright got his defender Chris Newsome up in the air with a pump fake, got under the Meralco defender before letting it fly to tie the game at 90.    

It was a thrilling dagger for a cliffhanger game.

But Black disagreed.

“He did travel,” said Black. “He definitely travelled.”

Newsome played great defense on Wright, who Black thought got away with a travelling call after getting a step too many to shake off his defender. Meralco had a chance to finish the game off in regulation but Jared Dillinger bricked his two foul shots with 12 seconds remaining.     

Wright made them pay.

Wright also caused trouble in overtime and even gave the Bolts a scare by getting away from a defender before pulling up for a jumper at the top of the key with Meralco protecting a 101-100 lead.

Luckily, the ball bounced off the rim before Cliff Hodge sealed the win with two insurance foul shots to deliver Meralco’s fifth win in seven games.

 

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