TERRIFIC 12: T-Wade says hectic trip for the Philippines was worth it
Paul Lintag on Sep 21, 2018 11:31 AM
"Feels good to back and to represent the Philippines, at least playing with Filipino teammates again." --- Tiras Wade. (Asia League photo via Power Sport Images)
MACAU --- Tiras Wade has had a hectic week.
After iECO's top import Richard Howell injured his left knee Tuesday in the Asia League's Terrific 12 tournament here, the Green Warriors had to call for backup in order to field a complete team for their next game Thursday.
Wade, who already set to replace iECO's other import Sam Logwood who had food poisoning prior to the Macau trip, came through for the Green Warriors.
The veteran scorer, who played in the PBA nine years ago, started his journey from mainland China Wednesday morning.
By the afternoon, he has already in Macau and before dinner time, Wade has had his practice with iECO in preparation for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.
T-Wade then led the Green Warriors with 24 points and 14 rebounds though unfortunately, the Green Warriors lost, 103-107, and thus ending their tournament.
Still, Wade says making the trip was worth it despite being on super short notice.
"Definitely, definitely [worth it]. It was fun," Wade said.
"That was the first thing that came to my mind when he [coach AV] asked me to come, I'm familiar with the Super 8 last year and now they have the [Terrific] 12 this year. It was just a fun thing for me. I play a lot of scrimmage with CBA teams so I knew what kind of game it would be so I was excited. Definitely worth it," he added.
Wade has been around quite a few places over the course of his basketball career.
The Philippines has been one of his favorites and so sort-of representing the country in a legitimate international tournament was an opportunity he was never going to pass up.
It was a no-brainer for him to join iECO in the Terrific 12.
"The Philippines, like what I always tell everybody, is one of my favorite places to play -- Top 3 places to play," he said.
"The love for the game is unmatched. I would say its the States, the Philippines, and China have the best basketball atmosphere to play in. Feels good to back and to represent the Philippines, at least playing with Filipino teammates again," Wade added.
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