After his fifth attempt, Star import Joel Wright finally got it done –and it paid off big time.
Losing all his first four games since coming in for the Hotshots, Wright lived for the miraculous moment after banking an off-balance floater to stave off Meralco, 104-103, on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
On Wright’s initial win as a PBA import, the Hotshots snapped their five-game losing skid, but most importantly, stayed in the running for the quarterfinals despite a slim chance.
The North Texas alum, though, deflected the hero credit as he gave a shoutout to his teammates for coming out all geared up against the Bolts despite their recent struggle.
“The team was responsible for that, I didn’t too much today, they all chipped in, everyone played with heart, everyone was out there fighting,” said Wright, who finished with team-high 27 points, including the game-winning basket.
True enough, PJ Simon, Allein Maliksi, Marc Pingris and Mark Barroca took turns in the offensive end as they all finished in double-digit, while all but two made it in the scoring column for the Star.
“I just had the opportunity to close out what they’ve been doing for the rest of the game. I just tried my best, that’s all,” he added.
Wright also commended veteran forward Pingris for setting up the final play, which he calmly sank.
“I was happy with the pass he made. We’ve been playing unselfish the whole time, and we gonna keep playing unselfish.” – By Jason Mercene
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