MATTHEW Wright felt proud of the accomplishment of Phoenix for clinching the No. 2 seed and the twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
Wright has been with the Fuel Masters since 2016 being one of the first selections of the team in that year’s draft. After suffering a few disappointments, the Fuel Masters reached their best finish in the eliminations by taking the second seed in the quarterfinals.
Wright said the sky is the limit for Phoenix following its accomplishment at the end of the elimination round.
“It’s satisfying knowing that we are a young team,” said Wright. “The future is very bright for Phoenix. We always believe it and I’m just glad that we can finally show everybody, show the country that we are a contender.”
Wright said Phoenix is thinking big following its impressive elimination round campaign that saw Calvin Abueva being obtained by the team in a trade from Alaska.
“We are not just thinking playoffs. We're thinking finals, we're thinking championships. We are a lot more than an expansion team, independent team. Ever since we’ve got Calvin, Eugene being our resident import, we are going to be here for a long time,” said Wright.
Phoenix is now setting its sights on the quarterfinals where the Fuel Masters will face the seventh-seed team in the quarterfinals.
“It’s nice to finish in second because you get the twice to beat but that doesn’t mean anything. The playoffs are about to start. That’s an entirely new season. All we got to focus on is we work hard for the twice to beat. Now, we just have to use that advantage and hopefully made it to the semifinals. Whatever happens, happens,” said Wright.