PBA: Wright saves Phoenix from Ginebra after blowing 23-point lead
Paul Lintag on Sep 28, 2019 09:19 PM
After Ginebra cashed in on a turnover to force a 101-all tie, the Fuel Masters, with no more timeouts, quickly went the length of the court and found Matthew Wright for a crucial go-ahead jumper with five seconds to go. (PBA)
After two frustrating losses, Phoenix gets a much-needed win in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.
The Fuel Masters blew a 23-point lead before managing to hold on for a 103-101 decision over Brgy. Ginebra at the Big Dome Saturday.
Phoenix dropped 41 points and was up by 17 right from the opening period, and while the Gin Kings were able to slowly chip away at the deficit, the Fuel Masters had more than enough to preserve the victory.
After Ginebra cashed in on a turnover to force a 101-all tie, the Fuel Masters, with no more timeouts, quickly went the length of the court and found Matthew Wright for a crucial go-ahead jumper with five seconds to go.
That ultimately became the game winner as Phoenix watched Justin Brownlee miss a long attempt from deep as time expired.
Phoenix rised to 1-2 with the win while Ginebra dropped to an even 1-1.
Wright led the Phoenix offense with 28 points, nine in the fourth period. Import Eugene Phelps was destructive with a triple-double of 27 points, 23 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Justin Chua also had a good game for the Fuel Masters with 17 points.
Ginebra got 25 points from Justin Brownlee in the loss while LA Tenorio fired 20 points, 18 in the second half.
Phoenix (103) - Wright 28, Phelps 27, Chua 17, Jazul 10, Mallari 9, Napoles 6, Perkins 4, Potts 2, Garcia 0.
Ginebra (101) - Brownlee 25, Tenorio 20, Pringle 19, Aguilar 18, Slaughter 11, Dela Cruz 4, Thompson 2, Chan 2, Caperal 0.
Quarters: 41-24, 57-44, 81-66, 103-101.
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