Wright saves the day for Phoenix, TNT remains unbeaten behind Castro’s big game

Phoenix Fuel Masters 89 – Magnolia Hotshots 87

Matthew Wright buried a three-pointer in the dying seconds of the game to lift the Phoenix Fuel Masters over the Magnolia Hothshots.

With nine seconds left in the game, Matthew Wright got a pass as he popped out to the right corner. Rafi Reavis switched out on Wright as Phoenix’s All-Star wing isolated the Magnolia Big man. Wright drove towards the free throw line from the corner and then quickly stepped back behind the three-point line. He planted his feet and let a three-pointer fly as Reavis scrambled to get back on defense. The ball splashed in to give the Fuel Masters the lead for good.

Magnolia was in control for most of the game. They got big games from Paul Lee and Vernon Macklin who teamed up to lead the Hotshots. Lee sniped from outside with 5 treys for 20 points while Macklin dominated inside with 25 points and 17 rebounds. The Hotshots led by double digits heading into the second half and by seven points as they moved to the final period. Magnolia tried to pull away but Wright hit big shots in the fourth period to keep Phoenix alive. The Hotshots went on a 10-0 run in the final minutes of the game to take a one-point lead. Iang Sangalang hit a hook shot in the paint to give the Hotshots a one-point lead, setting up the game-winner by Wright.

Wright finished with 19 points and two treys. James White also had 19 points and 17 rebounds. Willie Wilson had 17 points while Jason Perkins scored 16 off the bench.

TNT KaTropa 96 – Barangay Ginebra 92

Jayson Castro sparked a run midway through the fourth period to power the TNT KaTropa to a win over Barangay Ginebra. TNT jumps out to a 3-0 start to the conference while Ginebra takes on their seconds straight loss.

It was a close game for the first three quarters as Ginebra and TNT traded blows. Japeth Aguilar scored on a jumper in the paint to give Ginebra a one-point lead with eight minutes left in the game. Jayson Castro took over at that point. After Yousef Taha and Joe Devance traded baskets and leads, Troy Rosario scored on a three-pointer from the top of the key to start the run. Then Castro added to the run with back-to-back three-pointers. The first came off a kick out pass that found Castro on the right corner and the second was a pull up from the left wing.

That run gave the TNT an eight-point lead, enough to hold off Ginebra. LA Tenorio scored on a three-pointer to cut the lead down to four points but RR Pogoy sealed the win with three straight free throws. Jayson Castro carried the brunt of the scoring for TNT with Jeremy Tyler and Terrence Romeo struggling. The Blur scored 27 points on three treys off the bench. Pogoy also came off the bench with 15 points. Rosario led all starters with 14 points.

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