FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Wright after brawl: "We just stood up for our guys"

Paul Lintag on Jul 03, 2018 12:50 PM
FIBA: Wright after brawl:
Matthew Wright, the only player who talked to the media in the immediate aftermath of the unfortunate incident, says that the national team was just standing up for one another.

MANILA, Philippines --- Gilas Pilipinas remains unapologetic over the brawl that transpired between the Philippines and Australia Monday in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

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Matthew Wright, the only player who talked to the media in the immediate aftermath of the unfortunate incident, says that the national team was just standing up for one another.

If a similar thing were to happen again, Gilas Pilipinas would pretty much react the same way he added.

"Yeah, I mean, it’s unfortunate that we lost today but if it ever happens again to us," Wright said.

"We would probably do the same thing because cause we have each other’s backs. We’re brotherhood. It’s more than basketball," he added.

Wright was one of the players that was allegedly targeted by Australia's Daniel Kickert during warm ups.

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The shooting guard was also one of the nine Gilas players to be ejected from the game after the brawl ended.

While it's important to be gracious hosts, Wright says that the Boomers just pushed them to the very limit and their patience ran out.

"We just stood up for our guys. It happened before the game even started. So, you know everyone knows we’re a gracious hosts but if you pushes to a limit, there’s only so much we can do," he said.

"I'm just happy everyone stood up for each other and we had each other’s backs," Wright added.

 

 

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