PHOENIX Super LPG has already proven to be a handful for TNT even with Matthew Wright injured.
With Wright slowly regaining his deadly form, the Fuel Masters again got the better of the Tropang Giga to the tune of a 92-89 decision last night for their second straight win in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals duel at the Smart 5G-powered AUF Gym in Angeles City.
The Fil-Canadian gunner scored a game-high 25 points anchored on five triples, including a dagger of a turnaround shot that gave Phoenix a 92-89 lead that stood when Roger Pogoy and Jayson Castro missed their respective tries at an equalizer.
The win, coming after their 110-103 victory in Game 2 last Friday, the Fuel Masters took a 2-1 lead and can close out the best-of-five series with another win on Wednesday.
By that time, Wright’s right ankle he sprained early in a 92-95 Game 1 loss should be much better.
“I’m playing through the pain, playing with limited mobility,” admitted Wright. “Four days after spraining my ankle it’s still really painful, it’s throbbing right now. I’m glad we have two days rest before the next game.”
Winning coach Topex Robinson continues to be pleased with the way his team keeps on frolicking in its second semis stint.
“Again, you’ll never know when you’ll get this chance again so no matter what the game is, it’s always about again just trying to enjoy it,” said Robinson. “We already overachieved coming to this series.”
Total team effort again did the trick for Phoenix.
Calvin Abueva was his usual do-it-all self with 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists while Jason Perkins added 11 points which he capped with a follow-up that made it a 90-87 count.
RJ Jazul’s 11 points, combined with Wright’s output, led to Phoenix taking a 47-32 advantage in bench points.
Rayray Parks again led TNT with 19 points on top of 13 rebounds and six dimes while Simon Enciso added 16 markers.
After averaging just 7.5 points in the first two games Troy Rosario finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.