Wright latest to shut down overkill talks: It's eat or be eaten
Paul Lintag on May 17, 2017 10:05 PM
"It's eat or be eaten, right now we're eating,." --- Matthew Wright.
Manila, Philippines --- Much has been said about the 2017 SEABA Championships being an overkill with the decision of Gilas Pilipinas to send its absolute best team in the regional showcase.
However, is it the Philippines' fault if it remains as the undisputed king of basketball in Southeast Asia?
The answer is no, it's not the Philippines' fault whatsoever.
Gilas gunner Matthew Wright is the latest of the national team to dispose of the idea that the SEABA joust is an overkill just because Filipinos have a winning average of 63.8 points through five perfect games.
"I don't think it's overkill. We're gonna be playing teams that are much better than these teams and they're not gonna feel bad for us. They're not gonna care who we are, especially if we play the better Asian teams, the European teams," Wright said after topscoring Gilas with 19 points built around five treys Wednesday against Vietnam.
"It's eat or be eaten, right now we're eating," he added.
As challenges come few and far in betweeen for the Philippines in the ASEAN region, the focus for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 SEABA tournament is to ultimately improve each and every game.
Also, that small matter of actually winning this tournament in order to qualify for the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup later this year and jumpstart our journey of making it back to the World Cup and the Olympics.
"You never know who you're going to play. If we played Team USA are we going to say that that's overkill?" Wright said.
"We can't have that mentality, we just have our team, and we're just trying to get better every game," he added.
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