Keith Wright vows to prove Mahindra didn't go wrong in bringing him in
Keith Wright has vowed to atone for a lackluster debut for Mahindra. Jaime Campos

KEITH Wright vowed to atone for a woeful offensive performance in his debut for Mahindra on Wednesday in the Floodbuster's 83-97loss to Star in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup matchup.

The new Floodbuster import registered 17 points on a paltry 8-of-22 shooting along with 14 boards in almost 43 minutes of play as he tried to shake off the effects of jet lag after arriving late Monday night.

“It was a tough one, missed a lot of easy shots around the rim,” Wright said. “I'm just getting my legs back. I really felt the plane ride in the second half, missing a lot of shots around the rim that I usually make.”

“I know the shots are there, they'll fall in the next game,” he added. “Just got to get my rest and get back to it.”

[See Star gives new Mahindra import a rude reception]

Wright, who replaced James White, did dish out a team-high five assists.

“I'm not a selfish guy,” Wright said. “If I'm getting double teamed, I'm gonna make the pass, make the smart pass, trust my guys to make plays. We have guys that are threats offensively it makes the job easier on me.”

Still, Mahindra coach Chris Gavina felt he could’ve gotten more from the 6-foot-8 former Harvard stalwart.

“Of course (I’m) not (satisfied),” Gavina said. “Ideally, you want your import to get thirty and twenty, but he's fighting jet lag and tired legs and there's also an adjustment period for him with regards to our system, our plays, and as well as his teammates.”

“So for me, honestly, when he gets his legs he's one of those guys who's gonna demand some sort of defensive scheme in the long run and I think it's gonna work for us in the long run,” he added.

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