Ginebra, Phoenix, move closer to Philippine Cup finals showdown

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The Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters and the Barangay Ginebra Kings are just a win away from figuring in a finals showdown for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup championship.

This after the two teams defeated their respective opponents in the semifinals on Sunday night. Phoenix edged the TNT Tropang Giga, 92-89, while Ginebra outlasted the Meralco Bolts, 91-84. Those wins gave Phoenix and Ginebra a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-five affairs.

Phoenix wingman Matthew Wright delivered the goods in Game Three as he tallied 25 points, three rebounds and three assists, including a tough turnaround jumper over TNT’s Cebuano wingman Roger Pogoy that helped seal the victory for the Fuel Masters.

Afterwards, Wright said his team is just playing loose in their bid to reach the finals for the first time in franchise history.

“We’re out there just having fun. You can hear it from our bench,” said Wright after the game. “We’re not even supposed to be here. I’m sure some of you guys didn’t expect us to be here, too. But we’re here.”

Making Wright’s feat more impressive is the fact that he’s playing on a sprained right ankle, which is hindering him more on defense.

“I wasn’t able to turn and pivot as much as possible, as much as I wanted to. So guarding guys like Ray (Parks) and (Roger) Pogoy is really tough,” Wright claimed.

Meanwhile, Ginebra guard Stanley Pringle bounced back from his subpar performance in Game Two, scoring 25 points as the Kings raced off to leads that went as high as 25 before weathering a comeback attempt by the Bolts.

The Kings are now just a victory away from getting a chance at winning an all-Filipino crown, a feat they last achieved way back in 2007. (JNP)