TERRIFIC 12: Tiras Wade and Green Warriors shooting for one shocker

Paul Lintag on Sep 20, 2018 12:48 PM
TERRIFIC 12: Tiras Wade and iECO shooting for shocker
Tiras Wade, who played for Talk 'N Text in the PBA nine years ago, is coming in as a late replacement for injured Richard Howell with the iECO Green Warriors in the Terrific 12 tournament.

MACAU --- Former PBA import Tiras Wade will be one and done for the iECO Green Warriors in the Asia League's Terrific 12 tournament here so he plans to make it count.

Wade, who played for Talk 'N Text in the PBA nine years ago, is coming in as a late replacement for injured Richard Howell.

Howell, a former TNT import himself, injured his left knee three minutes into iECO's eventual loss to the Ryukyu Golden Kings Tuesday at the Studio City Event Center.

[Related: TERRIFIC 12: Howell doubtful for iECO's next game due to knee injury]

That loss, together with another Ryukyu win Wednesday, eliminated iECO from the Terrific 12 and so the Green Warriors' game against the Xinjiang Flying Tigers Thursday will just be for pride pretty much.

Wade wants to uphold his and iECO's pride and get a win.

"I do scrimmage with a lot of CBA teams, right now in their preseason, anything can happen. They're just getting together and the opportunity is great," Wade said on the Flying Tigers.

"And athletic-wise, that's why I feel good playing with a Filipino team because I don't have to worry about stuff like that. Athletic-wise, we'll be fine. It just comes down to how we play. I know being familiar with Philippine basketball, if we catch fire, we catch fire and it's definitely going to be a game. I wouldn't be surprised if we take the win," he added.

Wade was originally supposed to replace iECO's other import, Sam Logwood, after he went down with a bout of food poisoning prior to the Macau trip.

[Related: TERRIFIC 12: Green Warriors out to salvage a win vs. Flying Tigers]

The veteran scorer ended up replacing Howell on even shorter notice and fortunately he was able to come through. Wade left the mainland Wednesday morning and he was in Macau practicing with the Green Warriors in the afternoon.

"I followed the first game and I saw the incident with the big guy," Wade said of Howell.

"Short notice yeah but luckily I was in Shanghai and landed in Guangzhou [Tuesday night]. Coach AV hit me after that incident to come and help. It was a no-brainer for me," he added.

Wade and the Green Warriors take on the Flying Tigers at 7:00 p.m. Thursday.



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