MATTHEW Wright stuck to the positives of Phoenix’s early elimination in the PBA Philippine Cup that came on Sunday night when it lost to TNT KaTropa, 118-97, in their playoff for the the eighth and last quarterfinals berth.
While the top eight teams are gearing up for the postseason grind, Wright and the Fuel Masters can breathe easily for now before getting back to training camp for the Commissioner’s Cup.
“I don't care who wins (the Philippine Cup), it's not my team so I think it's time for me to take a nice long break from basketball, both physically and mentally,” Wright said. “I'll let these guys beat up on each other in the playoffs.”
The Filipino-Canadian Wright said he’ll retreat to his hometown in Canada for two weeks.
“It's more of just a mental thing,” he added after also spending time with Gilas Pilipinas. “Physically, I felt good, I felt like I was there but I just need to go home and unwind, see my family, see my son, see my girlfriend and come back with a fresh mindset.”
Wright has been consistent this conference as he continued to pace the Fuel Masters’ attack against the Texters, scoring 18 points, six boards, six assists, and one steal, but the sophomore gunner missed all but one of his six treys and committed six turnovers in 32 minutes as a starter.
But the 27-year-old wingman will get help in the midseason tournament in the form of former Kia import James White.
“I think that we have a very good team with an import coming in,” Wright said. “I don't see why we can't be a Top Four team, at least Top Six so yeah, it's a disappointing conference knowing that we ended earlier than expected.”
“But I saw a lot of positives from our team,” he added. “We have an identity now, we have something that we didn't have last year, we have a direction and everyone in the team is a good dynamic, everyone works hard every day and we get shots up after practice so I'm really excited for us.”