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    Matthew Wright has choice words for Taipei player, but quick to put spat behind him

    Jul 17, 2017
    Matthew Wright and Huang Hung-han exchange choice words at midcourt. Photo from CTBA

    TAIPEI - Matthew Wright certainly didn't appreciate an elbow to the mid-section he got from Huang Hung-han, so he got up and unleashed a mouthful in a face-to-face exchange with the young, wiry Taipei B player at midcourt.

    Speaking to reporters later, Huang said Wright called him a 'p_____' during the spat.

    The Gilas Pilipinas guard, however, was quick to put the issue behind him, shaking Huang's hand after the Jones Cup game and making light of the verbal jab when asked about it during the post-game interview.

    "We were just discussing what we're gonna do after the game, where we’re gonna eat," he said, drawing laughs from the Taiwanese mediamen gathered around the head table.

    "Nothing personal. It’s basketball, two competitors going at it. I didn’t like the way he elbowed me, so I said something about it. After the game we shook hands and forget about it."

    [See Lackluster Gilas does just enough to put away Taipei B]

    The spat notwithstanding, Wright is having a grand time in his second stint with the national men's team since the Seaba, leading Gilas in scoring with a 15.6-point average while shooting above 50 percent from beyond the three-point act on an 11-of-21 clip.

    The Fil-Canadian guard from Phoenix also feels right at home in Chot Reyes' offense.

    "I’m just lucky to be in a situation where I didn’t have to think, didn’t have to do much, I just catch the ball and shoot it," he said. "It’s a credit to our system, a credit to Jio (Jalalon), Kiefer (Ravena) for putting me in those positions to succeed.

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    "I’ve tried some versions of this dribble-drive offense but it hasn’t been as crisp and as clean as what coach Chot has been implementing. That shows how efficient we are in practice. We get straight to the point in practice, we do what we had to do, so when we go to games, it’s second nature.

    "We just go out and attack. This is the only way this Philippine team can compete, especially against bigger teams. If we don’t bring energy and play with the aggression and speed, we’re just another undersized Asian team."

    [See Wright stakes claim to gunner role at Gilas]

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    Matthew Wright and Huang Hung-han exchange choice words at midcourt. Photo from CTBA
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