PBA: First-timer Wright frustrated with missed shot late in the game
Philip Matel on Aug 17, 2018 08:03 PM
New Columbian Dyip import Akeem Wright assured he is fine and is ready for their next game against Phoenix on Wednesday.
ANTIPOLO -- In his first game in the PBA, Columbian Dyip import Akeem Wright immediately made in impact with his 30 points, 14 rebounds, and four assists at the Ynares Center.
However, he missed up a pull-up jumper with with 54 seconds left that would have tied the game at 108.
"I thought I had a good look under the free throw line. Normally, that's a shot I would make all day in practice. So, I'm a little frustrated with myself."
Furthermore, he took a bad spill very late in the fourth quarter and banged up his knee, but assured he is fine and is ready for their next game against Phoenix on Wednesday.
An international journeyman who has played for numerous teams across the globe since 2007, the 33-year old Kansas State University product finds the style of play in the PBA as a very physical affair.
"Uhm, it's a lot physical. They get you let away with a lot of things on both ends, they let both teams play. It's a fast-paced game, up-and-down."
Finally, Wright lamented the Dyip's failure to stay in the course of the game with the lead, which at its largest was at 14, 49-35 midway through the second quarter.
"I think we battled well throughout the game, giving up the lead in the third quarter. We were able to fight back and tie the game. We had multiple chances in taking the lead and you know, we gotta hang our hat, that's a tough team."
Meanwhile, new Dyip head coach Johnedel Cardel gave praise to his first-ever import.
"He's a smart import at siya yung tipong...sabi ko sa locals na dapat you have to be ready, pag pinasa niya yung bola, take it, no hesitation shoot agad because he's a team player."
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