Vanguardia not blaming Wright amid Phoenix’s struggles

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “Everybody should be accountable for it. We didn’t have the breaks today. NLEX made shots in the fourth quarter that we couldn’t stop, and their veterans were able to execute, unlike us. So we should learn how to close out games,” he said.Phoenix springs back to action on Sunday, August 6, against Blackwater. JESports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor coach Ariel Vanguardia, it’s just pure coincidence that Phoenix’s struggles arose when Matthew Wright came back to the roster.“We’re not blaming anyone. We win as a team, we lose as a team,” he said Sunday after the Fuel Masters absorbed a 95-91 loss to NLEX to suffer their second straight loss.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Wright has yet to taste a victory with Phoenix since coming back from his Gilas Pilipinas stint in the 2017 Jones Cup.The Fil-Canadian sniper has been averaging 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in the two games he has played in this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But in Vanguardia’s eyes, the Fuel Masters have a bigger problem as a whole rather than individually.“We couldn’t finish the job,” he quipped, as Phoenix squandered a 10-point lead, 78-68 with 8:58 remaining and allowed NLEX to rampage behind Carlo Lastimosa and Alex Mallari. LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Vanguardia continued: “Our defense didn’t hold up in the fourth quarter, especially on Lastimosa. It’s a wasted chance for us to move up. We know we got outworked especially in the fourth quarter.”The Fuel Masters lost the rebounding battle to the Road Warriors, 65-46, and their bench unit failed to provide the necessary lift as they could only muster 37 points, compared to NLEX’s 53.Wright, who poured 17 points, five rebounds, and three assists in the losing effort, agreed with his mentor, noting that immaturity got the better of the Fuel Masters in the end game.“We had some poor executions down the stretch. That’s why we lost,” he said.Necessitating responsibility from his lineup top-down, Vanguardia said that this defeat to NLEX should be a building block for Phoenix moving forward.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur D-League: CEU ‘ready’ for must-win game vs Racal End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img