SEA Games: Gilas sends strong message with 52-point demolition of Singapore
Paul Lintag on Dec 04, 2019 10:48 PM
“We plan on trying to dominate.” — Matthew Wright. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
MANILA — Gilas Pilipinas had one chance to make a great first impression in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games here.
Safe to say after scoring a 52-point win against Singapore Wednesday, Gilas made a strong impression and sent a statement across all competing countries that the Philippines is in it to win.
“It’s the first game, we’re the host country and we’re obviously the favorites, so we wanted to make a good first impression, a lasting one to show the rest of the competition that we’re not taking this lightly,” guard Matthew Wright said.
“We plan on trying to dominate,” he added.
Up 20 at the break, Gilas didn’t let up in the second half against Singapore and ended up with a strong 110-58 win.
Despite that great opening performance, there’s certainly room for the Philippines to still improve. That could mean trouble for the rest of the field.
“We were a little sloppy but I guess it’s first game jitters. This is the first real game that we’ve had together other than the scrimmages. I’m pleased with the performance we had today,” Wright said.
“ It’s hard to scout teams right now, this close to the tournament. We just have to work on ourselves, be prepared every game. Just don’t take these teams lightly, they can come in and surprise us. Treat every opponent with respect, play hard and play the right way,” he added.
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