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Q4 blast lifts Phoenix over Magnolia

Matt Wright showcased his arsenal from two-point range. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Phoenix stunned Magnolia in the fourth quarter to steal a 91-84 comeback win in their PBA match at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center on Friday night.

Just when the Hotshots are about to pull away after opening a 17-point cushion in the third quarter, the Fuel Masters came alive in the first 10 and a half minutes of the final frame, outscoring the Hotshots, 29-9, to take an 89-80 lead with 1:35 to play.

Magnolia tried to pull off a comeback of its own after scoring four straight points to cut the lead to five, 89-84, with 1:16 left, but that was all the team could crawl back.

Matt Wright, despite his struggles from the three-point area, top scored for Phoenix with 23 points, making 10-of-14 from inside the arc, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

Jason Perkins added a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds with one assist as the team snapped a two-game slide and moved up to 3-2 in the standings.

Chris Banchero made 20 markers of his own with one rebound, one assist, and two steals for Magnolia, which lost its third straight game and fell to 1-4.

Rafi Reavis put up a double-double of 12 markers and 10 boards with one dime.

Box Scores:

Phoenix 91-Wright 23, Perkins 20, Chua 14, Garcia 12, Intal 8, Jazul 7, Napoles 4, Marcelo 2, Heruela 1, Rios 0, Gamboa 0

Magnolia 84-Banchero 20, Sangalang 15, Reavis 12, Barroca 10, Lee 10, Dela Rosa 7, Jalalon 3, Melton 3, Corpuz 2, Calisaan 2, Pascual 0, Abundo 0

Quarterscores: 22-16, 39-34, 71-60, 91-84

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