PBA: With the right instinct, Matthew Wright saves Phoenix from 23-point collapse
Paul Lintag on Sep 28, 2019 10:15 PM
Wright stepped in for a clutch baseline jumper that gave the Fuel Masters a 103-101 lead with five seconds to go. That was enough for Phoenix to hold on for the win. (PBA)
It was a nightmare unfolding for Phoenix as Ginebra import Justin Brownlee stole an inbound pass and scored a layup, forcing a 101-all tie late Saturday in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup at the Big Dome.
The Fuel Masters had lost all of their 23-point lead at that point, and had no more timeouts.
With no more room for error, Phoenix was forced to quickly go the length of the court and ended up finding star shooter Matthew Wright.
Wright stepped in for a clutch baseline jumper that gave the Fuel Masters a 103-101 lead with five seconds to go. That was enough for Phoenix to hold on for the win.
Wright finished with 28 points in the victory.
“I don’t even remember what happened, I just remember Justin getting a steal and the crowd going crazy. I guess instinct takes over in those last couple of seconds, you just want to get the ball and get to your spot,” Wright said of the final Phoenix play.
“Luckily Stanley [Pringle] overplayed, which allowed me to go baseline and I was able to get open. It wasn’t the best way to win, the best way to close out, but I’m just happy we came out victorious,” he added.
Despite the near-collapse, a win is a win. It’s against Ginebra no less so Wright hopes it could spark a run on the part of Phoenix as the Governors’ Cup starts to heat up.
“It’s always good beating Ginebra, it’s a confidence boost for the guys. But it doesn’t get easier for us, we have TNT on Wednesday. They’re a good team as well, hopefully we can catch them flat like we did Ginebra this evening,” Wright said.
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