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

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Department store joy this season?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Hugo Rodriguez, 24, of Pacoima said he likes department stores because of the wide selection. “They have it, from shoes to jewelry,” Rodriguez said while shopping at the Northridge Fashion Center. Rodriguez also likes department stores’ prices. “They have good stuff for cheaper,” he said. Only 25 percent of shoppers said they would buy items from catalogs, which are fighting to gain back the 37 percent of shoppers who used them in 2002. Discounters will attract 70 percent of shoppers this holiday season – a shade more than department stores – but that is down from 77 percent four years ago. More Christmas shoppers will toss aside their catalogs this year and head to department stores for a hands-on, holiday retail experience, according to a survey released Monday. “There seems to be a renewed interest in shopping at department stores,” said Scott Krugman, spokesman at the National Retail Federation. All-in-one retailers like Macy’s, Sears, and Bloomingdale’s are expected to gain shoppers this season while discounters and catalogs lose them. Some 62 percent of shoppers will head to the department store to fulfill their holiday shopping list, up from 53 percent in 2002, according to a survey by the federation. And the trend could last: Department stores are especially appealing to consumers between the ages of 18 and 25. Four out of five shoppers in this age group said they would shop at department stores during the holidays, according to the federation survey. If department stores can mold these buyers into loyal customers, their numbers will blossom, according to retail expert Kurt Barnard. “Department stores were dowdy and boring, to put it politely,” Barnard said. “That is in the process of changing and the change is not complete. It has a long way to go.” Elizabeth Freire doesn’t plan to step inside a department store for any of her holiday gifts. She will get everything on her list from outlets. “They are cheaper than regular stores,” said Freire, 25, of Granada Hills, as her three children played in the mall. Department stores offer a smattering of the gifts people want to receive: clothes, accessories, and gift cards. Books, tech toys, DVDs, and video games also top the list of what people want to find under the tree. Buying everything on the average consumer’s list will cost $791, according to the federation. Plus, more than half of shoppers plan to buy nongift items as they go on sale during the holidays, adding an additional $99 to their tab. Holiday sales are expected to increase a modest 5 percent this year, according to the federation. It’s still too early to tell if dropping gas prices will boost holiday spending, Krugman said. “It depends on where they are in November,” he said. “But if it’s any indication this could provide a nice little boost for the holidays.” julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735 POPULAR PLACES TO SHOP Where do you plan to purchase holiday items this year? Discount store: 70% Department store: 62% Grocery store/supermarket: 49% Specialty store: 48% Online: 47% Catalog: 25% The percentages add up to more than 100% because those polled could select multiple answers. Source: BIGresearch160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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