Gilas just found its next great gunner in Matthew Wright

Gilas just found its next great gunner in Matthew Wright
Averaging 12.0 points per game, third in Gilas behind Andray Blatche and Calvin Abueva, Wright shot an incredible 54.5 percent from deep, averaging three three-point makes per outing.

Manila, Philippines --- In order for the Philippines to compete against the super powers of international basketball, shooters are necessary.

While size might not always be an advantage for Gilas Pilipinas, shooting is.

And as one of the designated gunners of the national team, Matthew Wright is definitely earning his place in Gilas Pilipinas.

Throughout the 2017 SEABA Championships, the Phoenix rookie not only emerged as the best shooter for the Philippines, but the best shooter for the entire tournament.

Averaging 12.0 points per game, third in Gilas behind Andray Blatche and Calvin Abueva, Wright shot an incredible 54.5 percent from deep, averaging three three-point makes per outing.

"I'm here to replace guys like Jeff Chan and Gary David and Marcio Lassiter," Wright said after the Philippines won its 8th SEABA title Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum here.

"I have some big shoes to fill as one of the designated shooters in the team. I have to shoot with confidence, I have to shoot at a high percentage."

"I'm not gonna get the same amoung of shots that I did with Phoenix, with my mother team. So the shots that I do get, I have to knock them down," he added.

Despite being touted as one of the future cornerstones of Gilas Pilipinas, Wright maintains he's only part of one team.

And in that one team, all goals are the same.

"That's high praise but I'm just still just one part of the team," he said.

"Every single one of us hold water on the team and we each have just as equal amount of say and amount of contribution to winning this championship," Wright added.

 

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