Despite 47-point win, Wright says Gilas ‘very sluggish’ in 2nd half

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Matthew Wright. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSustaining his hot streak from last game, Matthew Wright once again, got himself going, shooting 2-of-3 from threes to finish with 13 points, in Gilas Pilipinas’ 113-66 drubbing of Singapore on Saturday.Wright, however, downplayed his performance and said suiting up for the national team is about playing selfless basketball.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead But unfortunately for Gilas, it didn’t do too well in that aspect much to the dismay of head coach Chot Reyes.“When there’s an opportunity to dive for a loose ball, we’ll do it. But I felt like coach is right, we kind of fell flat in the second half,” Wright said. “It’s one of those things when you came up with a 107-point win and you’re up by 40 at halftime, it’s a challenge to stay motivated and keep the foot on the gas.”“I feel like we came out very sluggish. We can’t have afford to have that. We have to learn how to have killer instinct and put our foot down right from the get-go, no holding back, and don’t give them a chance,” he said. “We got the win and move on to the next team. It’s gonna be a long journey so we have to move on.”Gilas Pilipinas takes on Malaysia next on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “Everyone on this team is a go-to-guy. Everybody has egos, but everyone has to play selfless when you play for the country. It’s way bigger than individual stats and it’s way bigger than personal accolades. Everybody has to go on and make the extra pass and look for each other and be selfless,” he said.For the second straight game, the national team shared the ball pretty well after dishing out 25 assists against the Singaporeans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThat selfless attitude is perfectly embodied by veteran guard Jayson Castro, who took only one attempt in the game and opted to get his teammates good looks especially shooters like Wright lurking beyond the arc.Aside from making the extra pass, Wright said that the only numbers the team is looking at are the hustle stats. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Valdez plays through injured ankle, tows Creamline past Air Force in thriller Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more