Wright says Canada is Jones Cup's best team "on paper"

Wright says Canada is Jones Cup's best team
The Philippines will open its title defense Saturday against Canada and based from the little bit of "scouting report" from a reliable source, Gilas is facing arguably the best team on paper in the annual Taiwan invitational.

It looks like Gilas Pilipinas will have its hand full right off the bat in the 2017 William Jones Cup.

The Philippines will open its title defense Saturday against Canada and based from the little bit of "scouting report" from a reliable source, Gilas is facing arguably the best team on paper in the annual Taiwan invitational.

The reliable source is Fil-Canadian gunner Matthew Wright who knows some of the guys in the Canada selection by name.

Wright knows what he's talking about of course.

"I knew a few guys by name, there's a couple of guys I know personally. They are a good team. Just on paper, they should be the best team in the tournament," the Phoenix rookie said on their first assignment for the Jones Cup.

"I'm excited to play them first, we will be thrown out to the fire and see how well can we play against a big and legit roster. I played with some of them. They are good, they have a lot of size and athletic, their length might cause a little of bump for us," he added.

With the Jones Cup eyed as one of the best preparations for the national team before the FIBA home-and-away qualifiers for the World Cup, Wright sees playing an athletic Canadian side as perfect practice.

It's also a perfect way to send a message to the rest of the field in Taipei that Gilas Pilipinas also wants gold on top of exposure and improvement.

"This is a perfect barometer for us to see where we are," Wright said who made his official Gilas debut in the SEABA Championships and is also in consideration for the FIBA-Asia Cup lineup.

"Realistically, there's a good chance we will win the [Jones Cup] championship, that's the only thing. You don't play to come in second or third place or for exercise, you come to win championships. We're just trying to show up and gain experience, we're also trying to win."

"I'd say realistically, there's a good chance of us winning," he added.

 

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