Not a good feeling for Wright as Phoenix crash out in PH Cup
Paul Lintag on Feb 06, 2017 08:33 PM
"Being swept in the first round, itís not a good feeling." --- Matthew Wright.
Matthew Wright is not the kind of guy that beats around the bush so when the Phoenix rookie says he's disappointed about his team's early exit in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, he means it.
He has every reason to do so as the Fuel Masters absolutely got destroyed by the Star Hotshots in the quarterfinals that ended Monday, losing two games by an average of 25.5 points.
Add the beating they received from the same team early this season and Phoenix lost three games to Star by a combined 95 points.
Even normal people would get pissed by those kinds of results.
And Wright, who ise making a serious run for the Rookie of the Year award, is not your normal kind of guy.
"Just making the playoffs isn’t enough. I might be an ignorant, wide-eyed rookie, I’m expecting to win as many championships as possible, but being swept in the first round, it’s not a good feeling," Wright said after he and his squad were shown the door in the All-Filipino.
While he's obviously disappointed of their embarassing exit, Wright was man enough to admit Star was the better team as of right now.
"Star’s a good team, they’re a championship-caliber team. There’s a lot of guys, they’re deep at the guards and the bigs, so it seemed like they just kept rotating, fresh guys get in and out of the game, just really tired us out. We’re going to have a little bit of break and it’s back to the drawing board," Wright said.
Coming into the league as the mystery guy of the Gilas Pilipinas cadets, the former Asean Basketball League champion and heritage MVP was also man enough to admit that he didn't know nothing about the PBA prior to this season.
Well, now he knows a thing or two.
"I came into the PBA knowing nothing, absolutely nothing about anybody, really, and playing against guys like Ping, Paul Lee, these guys are really good, and it makes you want to elevate your game to the next level," Wright said.
"I’m excited for the rest of my PBA career. I got my feet wet, so now I know what to expect. This conference was kind of just I got thrown into the fire, and I just wanted to see where I’m at physically, mentally, skill-wise, and I got a lot of work to do," he added.
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