Phoenix edges SMB for 1st PBA semis win

Phoenix edges SMB for 1st PBA semis win

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By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno, PNA

MANILA — Phoenix Fuel Masters bounced back in its Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup semifinal series against San Miguel Beermen with a 92-90, Game 3 win at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Sunday night.

Clutch free throws from Matt Wright helped the Fuel Masters hold off the Beermen, which had a late comeback, for their first ever semifinal win.

Phoenix held an 80-73 lead with 6:45 to play after the team started the fourth quarter with a 16-7 run.

However, SMB retaliated and eventually forced an 86-all tie with 1:30 to go.

Wright then drained four straight free throws to put the Fuel Masters up, 90-86, with 26.2 seconds left.

Junemar Fajardo scored on a quick layup to trim the lead to two, 90-88, but Wright cancelled Fajardo’s shot with two more charities for a 92-88 lead with 21 seconds left.

Chris Ross kept the Beermen in the game with a fastbreak layup of his own that once again drew them to within two and even had a chance to win it after JC Intal missed two free throws in the next play.

But Ross’ three-point attempt rimmed out and Von Pessumal’s follow-up from mid-range went off target before time expired.

Wright and Calvin Abueva each had 18 points for Phoenix, which cut SMB’s lead in the best-of-seven series to 2-1, forcing a Game 5 on Thursday night.

Fajardo put up 22 points, 19 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks for the Beermen. (PNA)

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