MANILA, Philippines – Phoenix's Matthew Wright became the second rookie to earn Player of the Week honors in the PBA Philippine Cup after his all-around game helped the Fuel Masters secure a playoff for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Wright helped Phoenix beat NLEX and Barangay Ginebra last week to hike their record to 6-4, assuring them of at least a playoff for a quarterfinals spot.
The Fil-Canadian wingman averaged 15 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 7.0 assists for the Fuel Masters. He is the second rookie to be named Player of the Week, after Blackwater's Mac Belo (November 20-27), and the second Phoenix player, after veteran JC Intal (November 28-December 4).
Wright came one assist shy of a triple-double in their 102-91 win over NLEX last Wednesday, instead settling for a 12-point, 12-rebound, 9-assist performance....
MANILA, Philippines – Phoenix rookie Matthew Wright may have knocked down the clutch three-pointer that proved to be Ginebra's undoing in their PBA Philippine Cup game on Sunday, but for most of the first half, the guard was silent from the floor.
Wright was scoreless in the first two quarters of the game, firing blanks from the field. He still finished with 18 points – 10 of which came in the third quarter – and drained a back-breaking three-pointer with 1:49 left that took the wind out of Ginebra's sails. Phoenix wound up with a 79-73 win to take solo second place in the league standings.
After the game, Wright admitted to dealing with an illness but refused to use it as an excuse. "I just sucked in the first half, that was it," he said matter-of-factly....
MANILA, Philippines – The Phoenix Fuel Masters used a balanced effort to fend off the undermanned Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings, 79-73, and climb to solo second place in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the Philsports Arena.
Matthew Wright bucked a poor shooting performance to finish with 18 points, five rebounds, and five assists, while JC Intal added 16 points and Willie Wilson contributed 10 markers.
The Fuel Masters improved to 6-4, half a game ahead of Alaska, GlobalPort, Rain or Shine, and TNT KaTropa for second place in the league standings. They also remain in the hunt for a twice-to-beat bonus in the playoffs....
Fuel Masters head coach Ariel Vanguardia admitted that going mano a mano with a deep Rain or Shine squad cost itself the game, losing the duel, 97-82, on Sunday.
“We gambled on them taking threes. The bad thing is they made them,” he said....
The defeat – which snapped Phoenix's two-game winning streak and dropped their record to 4-4 – squandered a 26-point effort from rookie Matthew Wright, the only member of Phoenix's guard rotation to escape Vanguardia's wrath.
"Aside from Matt, walang maganda ang laro sa backcourt," Vanguardia said bluntly after their loss....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||6||7||0.462||7th|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||6||7||0.462||8th|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||3||8||0.273||11th|