PBA: Wright makes sure Kramer’s career ends with a win
Paul Lintag on Nov 15, 2019 08:48 PM
“Before this game I told Doug there’s no way we’re gonna lose the last game of his career,” Wright said. (Photos by Richard Esguerra and the PBA)
With their team captain retiring, there was no way Matthew Wright was going to let Phoenix lose in its last game of the PBA season in the 2019 Governors’ Cup.
Down 10 with 1:39 to go, Wright hit three straight triples for the Fuel Masters to force overtime against Blackwater at the Big Dome.
In extra time, Wright hit another three under heavy duress as Phoenix finally put the Elite away, 120-117.
The shot — and the win that came with it — was for Doug Kramer, who played his last game in the PBA after announcing his retirement from basketball.
“Before this game I told Doug there’s no way we’re gonna lose the last game of his career,” Wright said.
“It seemed really bleak in the fourth quarter and I was honestly ready to give up. But something told me inside to just fight to the end, just end on a positive note,” he added.
It has been a difficult conference for the Fuel Masters, and their 3-8 record reflects that.
But as they played their last game of the season with no playoff implications, the team just wanted to get one for their retiring captain. Wright made sure it was a win.
“I told him before, I said this shot is for you man. Maybe it’s just Doug’s day today. It’s a special day for him, he deserves it,” Wright said.
“I just wanted to send him off on the right foot,” he added.
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