NOT even a bad fall could stop Matthew Wright from leading Phoenix’s offense in its 102-95 win over NLEX in their PBA Philippine Cup matchup on Sunday night.
The sophomore gunslinger got entangled in friendly fire with Doug Kramer, landing on his teammate’s knee that caused him to fall on his back in the second quarter.
“I’ll be all right,” Wright insisted after the game. “I felt like I got hit in the back with a baseball bat. Out of anyone’s knee I could have landed on, I had to land on Doug Kramer’s, you know how strong that guy is so, I guess I just fought it.”
“I just played of off adrenaline and I just tried to do whatever it took to get the victory tonight,” he added.
Shaking off the pain, Wright scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half to lead the Fuel Masters to their second straight win after starting their conference with a loss.
“Expect us to be like that,” Wright said. “We beat NLEX because they weren’t in shape in the last quarter of the game. You could see in the second half they were trying to keep up with the tempo. We set the pace of the game and they kept trying to keep up with the tempo but you can see in their faces that they were very tired and we took advantage of it.”
“We take pride in being the best in shape team, the best conditioned team and yeah, that is something the fans can expect from us,” he added.
At least Wright can take a break on Monday when Gilas Pilipinas resumes practice, although the Filipino-Canadian cager will try to suit up.
“I’d been advised to (rest) but I’ll see how I feel,” Wright said.
“Everyone is a professional here, everybody knows what to do with their bodies. We’re just going to hydrate, eat healthy and rest tonight and tomorrow,” he added.