Vanguardia says Wright-less Phoenix must learn to adapt

first_imgVanguardia, though, shared that it’s a sacrifice the Fuel Masters are willing to take for the benefit of the national team.“Ever since we got him in the draft, we knew that this will happen. We just have to live with it. For sure, there’ll be lots of tournaments after this, especially in the third conference, so we need to get used to him not being around.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWright, who is Phoenix’s starting small forward, has been such an integral part of the squad’s campaign this conference as he is averaging 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.4 steals in the five games he played in this 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Though the rookie’s contributions are a glaring dip from his averages in the first conference, Vanguardia noted that Wright’s presence alone could have made a difference, especially with the squad firing blanks for the game after shooting a measly 32-percent from the field. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia admitted that the team really missed the presence of Matthew Wright in its game against Meralco on Wednesday.“We really felt it because he opens up the lane for Jameel (McKay) and he’s the second to RJ (Jazul) in assists for our team,” the mentor said following the Fuel Masters’ 81-66 defeat to the Bolts.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Not helping was the poor shooting from his guards, with Jazul going 1-of-13 from the field while Cyrus Baguio shooting 4-of-10.“We couldn’t score today. RJ couldn’t buy a bucket. We were lost in our flow of offense,” said Vanguardia. “We did okay on defense considering we were trying to make some stops, but the way Baser (Amer) and (Chris) Newsome were scoring, that’s the one thing we can’t stop.”Despite the loss, Vanguardia still believes that Phoenix can adapt with its situation, especially with a game against GlobalPort slated on Friday.“The good thing is we just have one day to prepare and we can bounce back on Friday,” he said. “We’re not really focusing on our loss because we got to get the next game. We have to figure out how to win without Matthew Wright. I think by Friday, we’ve already figured out how to play without him.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ceres tops Group G, reaches AFC Cup knockout round Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img