Matthew Wright boosts self confidence after belatedly making presence felt for Gilas
Matthew Wright drained four straight three-pointers in a 60-second span. Jerome Ascano

LEADING comfortably in the waning seconds of the third period, Matthew Wright was the only player on the Gilas Pilipinas roster which is yet to crack the scoresheet. 

It wasn't too late for the national team newcomer to announce his presence in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship. 

Over the span of the next 60 seconds to bridge the third and fourth periods, the Fil-Canadian marksman drained four three pointers to give Gilas a 116-29 lead. 

For Wright, those baskets might not mean much for the game, but for his confidence, it means a lot.

"It's good. We really didn’t need those points, but it's good for me individually just to get into some kind of rhythm going to the next game," said Wright who finished with 12 points in the Philippines' 147-40 romp of Myanmar Friday night in the opener of the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers.

Despite the 107-point win, the prized Phoenix recruit said Gilas can't have too much fun considering that everyone in the tournament is right after its head. 

"We had a lot of fun today. This game is over now. We have to focus on the next one. We can’t be too overconfident with ourselves, We haven’t accomplished anything yet," Wright continued. 

For the Gilas cadet, the team has plenty of time to celebrate after it wins the whole thing. 

"We're just trying to win. We haven’t accomplished anything yet. Until we finish this goal of winning the tournament, that's the time we crack a smile."

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