MATTHEW Wright proved to be a shadow of his Gilas Pilipinas self in his return to Phoenix as his sub-par play factored in the team’s 100-91 loss to GlobalPort in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday night.
Emerging as the national team’s most consistent player in the Jones Cup with a team-leading 14-point average on 43.1-percent shooting from beyond the arc in nine games – one of the few to see action the entire tourney, the Fuel Masters rookie missed all his six shots as he scored all his four points from the charity stripe against the Batang Pier.
Wright insisted there was no fatigue factor in his poor offensive showing that led to him failing to make at least one field goal in a game for just the third time in his young career.
“No I'm not tired,” the Filipino-Canadian gunner said, although he pointed out the team’s lack of energy as a unit.
“We don't have a lot of energy today, we made a late push but it wasn’t enough,” he added.
Wright, though, stressed he’ll have renewed energy when he represents the country again in the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon.
“I'm honored, hopefully try to get better, can't wait for it,” the 26-year-old cager said.
His shooting and the Gilas guards’ speed will have to make up for the national’s team lack of ceiling in the absence of Andray Blatche.
“We really have no choice,” Wright said. “I’m sure someone will step up and make up for Dray’s absence.”