Phoenix did just enough in the endgame to fend off GlobalPort 104-100 Friday and keep alive its hopes of making the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Matthew Wright scored a season-high 32 points, but it was the likes of RJ Jazul, Jason Perkins and Jeff Chan who propped the Fuel Masters in the stretch in the face of a searing Batang Pier fightback from 31 points down.
In the end, Phoenix escaped with its fifth win in 11 games, tying it with its victim, Blackwater and TNT.
Barangay Ginebra, which was playing Rain or Shine later in the evening to end the eliminations, could wind up with the same record, which is exactly what Phoenix is hoping for.
Should the Kings win, the Fuel Masters would be squaring off with the KaTropa for the eighth and last spot in the quarterfinals.
If it is the Elasto Painters who prevail, then Phoenix would be safely in at seventh while Ginebra and Blackwater play off.
Phoenix 104 – Wright 32, Chan 18, Alolino 10, Jazul 10, Wilson 9, Kramer 8, Perkins 7, Eriobu 4, Mendoza 4, Intal 2, Cortes 0, Guevarra 0.
GlobalPort 100 – Romeo 20, Anthony 17, Pringle 16, Taha 12, Elorde 12, Grey 9, Gabayni 7, Guinto 6, Flores 1, Sargent 0, Juico 0, Teng 0, Nabong 0.
Quarterscores: 32-16, 63-45, 86-67, 104-100.