MARIO Wuysang played down the praise after delivering the game winner for Indonesia, saying he was simply glad to help the team pull off the win in the all-important match against Thailand in the Seaba Championship.
In the closest game thus far in this year’s Seaba tournament, Wuysang buried a tough jumper with 11.1 seconds left in the fourth as Indonesia defeated Thailand, 60-59.
While Gilas Pilipinas is seen as the overwhelming favorite to claim the Seaba crown, Thailand and Indonesia are considered top contenders in the region and they did not disappoint, delivering a match that has the makings of a championship battle.
“It’s good because I think it’s between us and Thailand,” said Wuysang. “We are similar teams and we are both undefeated. So it’s a big game.”
Wuysang was actually struggling with his shots on Sunday, going just 2 of 9 from the field before that game-winner. But he knew his shots would eventually fall.
“I know some of the teams, they are focused on me, pressure me, that kind of thing. But if I just kept playing and our defense got us back in the game, as soon as I get a chance, getting that flow, I’m not going to keep on missing,” said Wuysang.
The Indonesia star also lauded his teammates, particularly Sandy Kurniawan, who finished with 17 points including crucial shots in the fourth quarter.
“It was a collective effort. We have guys knocking down shots… We switched up to a zone. That is our third game. We only have nine guys and this is our third straight game. We know we are not going to have our legs all game. But we switched to zone and that was a good move,” said Wuysang.