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Wright remains upbeat despite Phoenix’s sorry loss to Ginebra


Miles Morales

Despite bowing to crowd-darling Ginebra, Matthew Wright said Sunday’s 100-97 loss wasn’t that heartbreaking at all.

“It wasn’t that tough of a loss. We’re not gonna let that emotionally affect us. They’re a good team and we have had a good season so far,” Wright said after the game.

Phoenix—the No. 1 team in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup—saw themselves playing catchup late in the game.

The FuelMasters’ inability to clamp down on Ginebra in the dying seconds cost them a chance at securing the first twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

But the Fuel Masters’ marksman said the loss gave his team the learnings it badly needed for the tougher trek ahead after the eliminations–the playoffs.

“I’m trying to find the silver lining, this really prepared us for the playoffs—what the playoff atmosphere is like with the crowd, with the intensity,” Wright said.

“I’m proud of the guys that we fought. We were up almost the whole game but a couple of breakdowns—my part defensively—were very costly.

Phoenix absorbed only its second loss in the Philippine Cup.

They now set their sights on their final assignment in the elimination round which is a date with defending champion San Miguel Beermen.