PBA: Wright plays in endgame help Phoenix edge TNT


Posted at Feb 07 2018 06:49 PM | Updated as of Feb 07 2018 07:20 PM

Matthew Wright's assist to Doug Kramer led Phoenix to victory over TNT, the Fuel Masters' fourth in 8 games. PBA Media Bureau

Phoenix pulled off a come-from-behind win over TNT, 74-72, in the PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday.

Doug Kramer provided the game-winner, converting a timely assist from Matthew Wright then sinking the teardrop shot for the go-ahead basket.

Wright led Phoenix with 16 points, including a dagger 3 that helped the Fuel Masters erase a 13-point deficit.

Jeff Chan added 11 for Phoenix, which also got 10 from Gelo Alolino.

Phoenix trailed by as many as 13 points, but managed to tie the game, 67-all, after a difficult shot by Chan with 4:06 to go.

TNT took the lead again but Wright, celebrating his 27th birthday, drilled a 3-pointer that tied the count again, 72-all, with 44 seconds left.

Jayson Castro had a chance to put TNT ahead, but missed a floater. 

Phoenix rookie Jason Perkins recovered the ball and called for timeout 19.4 seconds to go leading to the Kramer basket with 3 seconds left.

The Fuel Masters walked away with the victory after Kelly Williams saw his game-tying attempt rim out.

Anthony Semerad scored 12 points and RR Pogoy chipped in 10 for TNT.

Phoenix now has a 4-4 record, tying TNT with the same card at sixth place.

" 'Yun talaga ang target namin, makuha yung fourth to sixth place para makuha 'yung sa best-of-3 sa playoffs," said Phoenix coach Louie Alas.

"But we have 3 more games and ang main concern ko ay after a big win nagdi-dip ang performance namin, 'yun ang kailangan namin i-arrest."

TNT took a double whammy after losing Troy Rosario, who suffered a bad fall at the onset of the fourth quarter.

Rosario was going for a rebound when Perkins tripped and collided with him midair, sending Rosario falling face down. He was stretchered out of the court and taken to hospital.

The scores:

PHOENIX 74 - Wright 16, Chan 11, Alolino 10, Perkins 8, Kramer 8, Wilson 8, Jazul 5, Chua 4, Mendoza 4, Dehesa 0, Cortes 0, Eriobu 0, Intal 0, Revilla 0.

TNT 72 - Semerad 12, Pogoy 10, Castro 9, Tautuaa 9, Williams 8, Tamsi 5, Reyes 5, Carey 4, Rosario 4, Garcia 3, Torres 3.

Quarters: 20-24, 30-40, 56-61, 74-72.

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