Down in the ashes

first_imgOur Aeta athletes doing great Phoenix Pulse’s Matthew Wright rued missing a golden opportunity to square their semifinal series with San Miguel Beer in the PBA Philippine Cup on Monday.Who wouldn’t? The Fuel Masters did everything right for most of the game before falling in a 92-82 decision that now rests heavily on the shoulders of the tournament’s top seed.ADVERTISEMENT P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs LATEST STORIES Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief “We looked like Phoenix [in Game 2],” Wright said. “[In Game 1], we weren’t nearly as aggressive, we didn’t pressure the ball and we didn’t cause as much turnovers. [In Game 2], we actually played our game.”Well, not all of Game 2. Certainly not in the final 12 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We just crumbled, you know?” he told reporters with a long and somber face after falling into a 0-2 hole against the four-time defending champions.“I felt like we played well—especially in the first half. I felt like we got what we wanted to do on defense, on June Mar (Fajardo). We were clicking.” Wright, who led all of Phoenix’s scorers with 16, said that while the Fuel Masters played their brand of basketball, they seemed to have reverted to their old form—to that team that folds whenever the game enters a crucial point.“The game is not over after three quarters. We just couldn’t pull it out in the end,” he said.And everyone knows the importance of playing four quarters against San Miguel Beer. Armed with a rich championship pedigree, the Beermen hardly worried after falling down by 12 early and even losing key big man Christian Standhardinger in the second quarter after he was ejected due to a flagrant foul 2.“They know what to do,” said Beermen coach Leo Austria.The Beermen began chipping away at the Fuel Masters’ lead—and control of the match—in the third period, where Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter and Terrence Romeo took turns burying crucial baskets. And when the fourth quarter came, the Beermen zoomed ahead.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ It’s something Wright and his teammates will reflect on as the league plunges into a Holy Week break.“The break’s going to be a break,” he said. “I can’t say whether it will be good or bad. All I can say is that we need to go to church or something. We definitely need this Holy Week.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chartlast_img

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