MARIO Wuysang implied that Indonesia didn’t field its best team in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship, admitting its main focus is the SEA Games in August.
The Indonesians still brought a team strong enough to wallop Singapore, 71-50, at the start of the SEABA tournament on Friday.
“We didn’t have that much preparation because we just got done in our league in Indonesia, but we stuck together,” Wuysang said. “We wanted to compete and that’s the main objective today. We’re lucky we got the victory.”
“Our focus is on the Sea Games, really,” he added. “We know Gilas is focusing on the Fiba and the international championships, but our focus is on the Sea Games and we’re just trying to compete and improve.”
Wuysang typified the Indonesians’ hot shooting against the Singaporeans as the veteran playmaker knocked down six of his team’s 16 triples to finish with a game-high 20 points in 25 minutes.
“I’m just blessed to be able to play at this age and I’m just going out there and compete,” the 38-year-old point guard said. “It’s kind of like home for me coming back here. I have so many friends here and people I grew up in the States, Fil-Ams. It’s always comfortable for me to play here.”
But for them to at least against tougher teams, including the Philippines, Wusyang is hoping to have naturalized player Jamarr Johnson and Indonesian-American Arki Wisnu back in tow.
“Fiba hasn’t given them clearance yet. Hopefully (they do), cause we only have nine players,” Wuysang said.