Phoenix rookie is the "Wright" choice for Gilas Pilipinas
Paul Lintag on Apr 29, 2017 04:49 PM
If the 2017 PBA All-Star Games were the final auditions for Gilas Pilipinas, Matthew Wright certainly gave an award-winning performance to make the national team. (PBA Media Bureau)
LUCENA CITY --- Matthew Wright is one of five "rookies" included to the Gilas lineup set to compete in the 2017 SEABA Championships.
And based from his performance in the 2017 PBA All-Star Games, one of Gilas Pilipinas' final preparations ahead of the regional tournament next month, it appears head coach Chot Reyes made the right choice in giving the Fil-Canadian shooter his first shot in the Philippine men's team.
Wright, a rookie for Phoenix in the PBA, has won two straight MVP awards in these All-Star Games, sharing the recognition with Troy Rosario at Cagayan De Oro City opposite the Mindanao selection before winning again Friday at the Quezon Convention Centre here as Gilas took care of the Luzon team.
Coming off the bench in both contests, Wright has provided some stready scoring punch for the second unit, a role he is likely to continue doing for the national team when games actually matter.
"I've been working hard ever since Tagaytay," Wright said, referring to the mini-camp Reyes organized for Gilas just before the opening of the ongoing Commissioner's Cup.
"I put pressure on myself to be in this team. Hard work pays off. That's all I could say," he added.
With the Philippines sending a loaded lineup to battle our Southeast Asian neighbors, Wright has embraced a winning mentality this early.
He kinda has to as the SEABA Championships is a tournament Gilas Pilipinas can't afford to lose.
"We'll try to win this tournament. It's no secret," Wright said.
"We have to win this, and that's what we're gonna do. We're gonna work hard, we're gonna buckle down, we're gonna get all the offensive and defensive principles down path, and we're gonna win the tournament," he added.
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