MATTHEW Wright is just tired of losing to Magnolia.
And given the opportunity, the assassin in him went for the kill.
Wright scored Phoenix’s last four points, including the dagger trey that brought the Hotshots down to their knees, 89-87, on Sunday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
As far as Wright can recall, he’s been 0-6 against the Hotshots in his young pro career.
“I’m just tired of losing against that team especially with the way we’ve been losing (against them),” said Wright, who finished with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field, none more clutch than the step-back trey he drilled with 3.2 seconds that put the Fuel Masters on top for good.
“Paul Lee, he’s killed us, and guys like Ian Sangalang,” he added.
For a while, things again weren’t going the way of the Fuel Masters, who trailed for the most part of the game and at one time, stared at a 62-46 deficit.
But even with a bad record against Magnolia, Wright didn’t lose faith in his teammates.
“We just buckled down and said we’re not losing this game,” said Wright, recalling what the Fuel Masters were telling each other during one of their huddles.
Wright led Phoenix’s big fourth-quarter surge when it outscored Magnolia, 10-0, to take the lead at 85-84 inside the final two minutes on a bank shot by import James White.
The Hotshots regained the upperhand, 87-85, but Wright won’t just allow Magnolia to pull off this one again at their expense.
“I’m just relieved because we played a poor game until at that point,” he said of his dagger trey.
In fairness to the Hotshots, according to Wright, they haven’t gotten their timing yet after enjoying a one-month break since losing in the Philippine Cup Finals to San Miguel.
“They’re a little out of shape,” said the Phoenix gunner. “And we took advantage of the fact that this is their first game.”