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    Wright admits SMB championship poise just too much for inexperienced Phoenix

    Apr 16, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    SAN Miguel’s composure, Phoenix’s inexperience.

    Matthew Wright thought Game Two of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Monday night boiled down to these two factors as the Beermen outplayed the Fuel Masters in the stretch to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series.

    After controlling the game three-fourths of the way, the roof just collapsed on the Fuel Masters at the most inopportune time, which the reigning four-time champions promptly took advantage of to hack out a 92-82 comeback win.

    “Fourth quarter, last couple of minutes, we just fumbled,” said Wright. “We just can’t seem to recover. I guess we just showed our immaturity and they just showed their championship pedigree."

    It was a long night for Wright, who was the center of San Miguels’ defense, limiting the Fil-Canadian gunner to 3-of-13 shooting to finish with 13 points.


      Wright said the loss was a frustrating one, considering the Fuel Masters were doing all the right things earlier, even leading by as many as 12 points at 40-28 in the second quarter.

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      “We thought like we played well especially in the first half. We felt we got what we want to do on offense. Defensively we were really clicking, making it hard for June Mar (Fajardo) and the other guys,” he pointed out.

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      Wright said the Fuel Masters let this one get away.

      “Game isn’t over after three quarters. It’s a four-quarter game,” he added. “We felt like we actually played our game.”

      The No. 1 seeded team now find itself trailing in the best-of-seven series, 0-2, going to the Holy Week break. The semis resumes on Easter Sunday with Game 3 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

      And Wright said perhaps a little prayer could actually help the Fuel Masters’ cause.

      “We need to go to church, we’ll definitely need that this Holy Week,” he said with a grin. “I think all of you guys have to pray for us the next couple of games.”

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