PBA: Wright as Phoenix keeps no. 1: “I think we’re for real”

Paul Lintag on Mar 06, 2019 10:49 PM
PBA: Wright as Phoenix keeps no. 1: “I think we’re for real”
The Fuel Masters retained no. 1 as a result with their near-perfect 8-1 record leading 11 other teams in the standings. Phoenix is all but one win away from securing a coveted twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.

Phoenix is passing all of its All-Filipino test in flying colors.

Wednesday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, the Fuel Masters started their SMC gauntlet matches with a big win over the Magnolia Hothots, 89-87.

Down 17 in the first half, Phoenix slowly climbed its way back and won late in the fourth quarter, needing multiple key stops and two booming triples from Matthew Wright and Jason Perkins to take the W.

The Fuel Masters retained no. 1 as a result with their near-perfect 8-1 record leading 11 other teams in the standings. Phoenix is all but one win away from securing a coveted twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.

“I’m really happy, I think we’re for real,” Wright said.

“You just saw how we came back, the Phoenix of years prior, we would have lost that game by 30. But we fought, we kept fighting,” he added.

Despite having perhaps the toughest schedule to end their elimination round, the Fuel Masters were actually looking forward to their trio of SMC games.

Phoenix felt confident that it can establish a strong foundation before the SMC games and everything has been leading up to this moment so far.

After clearing Magnolia, Ginebra and San Miguel are next.

“We’re excited for those two games. We looked at the schedule and we saw Magnolia, San Miguel, and Ginebra. We thought that would benefit us because we’ll have enough chemistry and experience to be in the flow of things before we play those three giants,” Wright said.

“Right now, we’re just gonna go to the drawing board and figure out a game plan for Ginebra,” he added.

 


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