PBA: Clutch Wright rises to the occasion to save Phoenix from 0-3 deficit
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Apr 21, 2019 10:06 PM
Wright calmy sank four free thows late in Game 3 during Easter Sunday, giving Phoenix the cushion it needed to hold off four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer for a pulsating 92-90 win.
Sent to the free throw line three times with pretty much the series hanging in the balance, Matthew Wright was ice-cold for no. 1 Phoenix, making sure that his Fuel Masters stayed alive in these PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.
Wright calmy sank six free thows late in Game 3 during Easter Sunday, giving Phoenix the cushion it needed to hold off four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer for a pulsating 92-90 win.
Now, the Fuel Masters are back from the dead, cutting their series deficit in half, 1-2.
“I got fouled, I had to go to the line and I gotta make them,” Wright said on his clutch free throws.
“I missed a free throw earlier but I knew once I get to the free throw line [again] I just try to ignore the noise and shoot the way I’ve been shooting for years. We really needed those free throws down the stretch and thankfully the ball was in my hands and I was able to get fouled,” he added.
Wright finished with a total of 18 points in Game 3, 16 in the second half and 12 in the fourth quarter all in all.
The third-year guard overcame early foul trouble and a slight case of sore throat to lead the Fuel Masters to a breakthrough semis win, another first for the franchise.
Phoenix pretty much had to win Game 3, or else the series would have been over.
No team has erased a 0-3 deficit in the history of basketball, except San Miguel Beer.
“I’m happy we won today, we can’t go down 3-0 to San Miguel and expect to win,” Wright said.
“I’m glad we finally put 48 minutes together, I felt like last game we let it slip and we only played 45 minutes. But today we were tough and we wanted it more than them,” he added.
As the series quickly moves into Game 4, the Fuel Masters look to get a little winning streak going as they hope to keep giving the mighty Beermen a worthy challenge.
“It’s good to get the monkey off our backs in this series, we finally got a win,” Wright said.
“It’s a quick turnaround and we got another game. We’ll be ready,” he added.
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