FIBA WORLD CUP: Lassiter-Wright is the shooter combo Gilas deserves

Paul Lintag on Sep 16, 2018 09:14 PM
Lassiter-Wright is the shooter combo Gilas deserves
Wright will team up with Marcio Lassiter starting Monday against Qatar, giving the Philippines its best two-man shooter combo since Jeff Chan and Larry Fonacier shared the floor a couple of Gilas versions ago.

In an ironic twist of fate, three-point shooting has been one of the issues Gilas Pilipinas has been dealing with so far in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

In seven games so far, the Philippines is only shooting 28.5 percent from distance, which is 12th in a field of 16 teams.

Gilas is only averaging 6.4 makes per game despite attempting an average of 22.6 shots per outing.

In their last loss to Iran, Gilas shot 5/28 from three-point range for a woeful 17.9 percent.

Fortunately, it looks like brighter days are ahead for Team Pilipinas from rainbow country as the national team is set to welcome back Matthew Wright from one-game suspension. The Fil-Canadian sniper is shooting 43.8 percent in these Qualifiers, second-best in Gilas.

Wright will team up with Marcio Lassiter starting Monday against Qatar, giving the Philippines its best two-man shooter combo since Jeff Chan and Larry Fonacier shared the floor a couple of Gilas versions ago.

"I'm excited because Marcio is one of the players I look up to," Wright said of his upcoming tandem with Lassiter.

"Coming in, I've heard comparisons between us and it's very flattering with Marcio being a great shooter and a champion," he added.

While it's they're first time teamming up ever, Wright is confident that he'll mesh well with Lassiter.

As Gilas looks to recover from back-to-back losses in the Asian Qualifiers, a Lassiter-Wright combo should greatly help the national team's cause.

"We get along off the court too. We have great chemistry and we will make things happen and open the floor for everybody else," Wright said.

"We just got to do our job and knock down shots," he added.

 


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