PBA: Wright rues missed Phoenix opportunity vs. SMB: “Should have been 1-1”

Paul Lintag on Apr 16, 2019 07:24 AM
PBA: Wright rues missed Phoenix opportunity in Game 2 loss
It certainly feels like Phoenix let a golden opportunity slip away with a bad Game 2 loss.

Phoenix had San Miguel right where they wanted them.

In Game 2 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Holy Monday, the top-ranked Fuel Masters took a 12-point lead over the four-time champion Beermen in the third quarter.

However, Phoenix lost all of that and had a tied ball game entering the fourth.

And for all the close games Phoenix won in the elimination round, the Fuel Masters failed to close this one out and now all of a sudden, they’re down 0-2 in a best-of-7 series.

It certainly feels like Phoenix let a golden opportunity slip away with a bad Game 2 loss.

“We felt like it should have been 1-1 after today,” guard Matthew Wright said.

“It was a frustrating loss to say the least. I felt like we played well, especially in the first half, I felt like we got what we wanted to do on offense. Defensively we were really clicking, making it hard for June Mar. But and then we just collapsed in the fourth in the last couple of minutes, we just crumbled you know?” he added.

Still, despite the unenviable situation of being down two games to San Miguel, there’s still some good things to take away for the Fuel Masters.

For one, they played like the true Phoenix team in Game 2, far from the team that got handled rather easily in the series opener.

“We looked like Phoenix today,” Wright said.

“Last game we weren’t nearly as aggressive, we didn’t pressure the ball and we didn’t cause as much turnovers. Today we actually played our game, but the game is not over after three quarters. We just couldn’t pull it out in the end,” he added.

 

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