By the Numbers: Gilas Pilipinas has the Wright stuff
Paul Lintag on Aug 14, 2017 02:47 PM
In a game where Gilas Pilipinas looked most vulnerable in Lebanon, Matthew Wright stepped in to save the Philippines with his ultra-efficient outside shooting. (FIBA)
Let's just get this out of the way, what Gilas Pilipinas has accomplished so far in the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup is nothing less than amazing.
Barely two weeks of complete practice, no Andray Blatche, no June Mar Fajardo, bad luck on Calvin Abueva, a bad case of stiff neck for Christian Standhardinger, and yet we're in the quarterfinals.
Actually, we were in the quarterfinals with a game to spare but even during the time when Gilas Pilipinas looked most vulnerable in Lebanon, the national team still managed to pull through to make the playoffs as one of the only three undefeated teams.
Against also-ran Qatar Sunday to wrap up Group B play, the Philippines played without Fajardo and Standhardinger. Then it lost Abueva in the first half to an apparent foot injury. But all is good in the end as Gilas powered through the Qataris to finish preliminary play with a clean 3-0 mark.
Our national team will now get an additional two days of rest before the games that matter start on Wednesday (early Thursday morning, PHL time) but By the Numbers FIBA-Asia Cup edition is here to stay.
We don't take breaks around here but you guys already know that.
Number of points Matthew Wright dropped on Qatar.
The second-best scoring performance by a Filipino in Lebanon so far, Wright absolutely torched the competition with his torrid shooting from deep.
In a game where Gilas was severely hobbled on the inside, the Fil-Canadian gunner picked up the slack from the outside as the Philippines formalized its entry to the next round.
Total three-point shots made by Wright against Qatar, tied for most in one game so far in the tournament.
Once again, the Phoenix rookie made his case as the best shooter in Gilas Pilipinas with another sizzling performance from the outside.
Wright likewise proved that he's clutch after he made back-to-back treys late in the fourth to stop a Qatar uprising.
Total three-point shots made by Wright in the FIBA-Asia Cup so far, second most in the entire field.
The Gilas gunner is only trailing Behnam Yakhchali for the most number of three-point makes in Lebanon. The Iran guard currently has 13 after three games.
What's more impressive about Wright's volume three-point shooting is that he's making them with incredible efficiency.
Wright is shooting 52.4 percent (11/21) from deep, good for 8th overall in the entire tournament.
Name of one amazing Gilas Pilipinas player.
Norwood has been so good and so vital for the Philippines' ongoing campaign that he deserves his own entry.
Just check out his numbers from the Qatar game: 10 points on 66.7 percent shooting, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and was a plus 14 in 26 minutes of play.
We should make a petition to include Norwood on all Gilas teams now until the end of time.
Number of wins Gilas Pilipinas already has in the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup.
The Philippines is also one of three undefeated teams left in the tournament, the other two being Iran and Australia.
Gilas is now waiting in the Quarterfinals, three wins away from regaining the Asian championship.
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