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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U-17 WC: Wuck satisfied with result, not performance

first_imgU17 World Cup U-17 World Cup: Christian Wuck: “Satisfied with result not performance” Anselm Noronha Last updated 2 years ago 20:48 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Wuch U17 World Cup Germany U17 Germany U17 v Costa Rica U17 Costa Rica U17 The German gaffer was surprised at the poor conversion rate of his side in their 2-1 win over Costa Rica in World Cup opener…… Noah Awuku scored a late goal to help Germany beat Costa Rica 2-1 in their opening Group C fixture of the U17 World Cup played at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Goa, on Saturday evening. Though the Deutschers earned three points, Christian Wuck was not in the best of moods after the game. “I am satisfied with result, not performance. The first 10 minutes were very nervous. Every player on pitch made mistakes and Costa Rica  had big chances. After that we had many good chances. I know the (German) players. Normally they convert all chances. Today we lacked that,” said the coach of the winning side.As Germany next face Iran on Tuesday, who have the experience of playing in Goa before when they finished runners-up at the 2016 AFC U16 Championship. “It is very important for us to sleep and rest and to drink…only water, not beer. We have to look at the next game against Iran, to look at what was not so good today. Against Iran, it’s another game as they have an advantage because they know the weather in Goa,” he stated. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. On Arp’s celebration that was dedicated to the injured Kilian Ludewig who left Thursday’s training session with a heavily bandaged knee, Wuch added, “It was to tell him (Ludewig) that he is an important part of the team. He got injured and has to return back.”Meanwhile, the Costa Rica coach Breansse Camacho felt that his boys failed to capitalise against their German counterparts. “We put a lot of pressure in the first minutes but they scored first. We kept on trying but the German team kept on putting pressure on us. In the end the problem was that overall we didn’t take our chances,” he reasoned.”My players were better than Germany in some parts of the match. It’s very hard to lose a match in the 89th minute. We actually analysed Germany but couldn’t capitalise. Germany were physically very strong.”Both of the goals conceded by the Los Ticos were a result of defensive lapses, but the coach has backed his boys. “We worked to avoid mistakes but that can happen especially when you playing at the U17 level. It was a good experience for players in future. Now we need to support the players to improve their self-confidence and improve the performance in the next matches,” he concluded.last_img read more

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