Former NBA 1st round pick Antoine Wright delivered a better performance in his second game in the PBA but it was not enough as Rain or Shine got blown away by Alaska, 128-102, to fall to their third straight loss in four games.
Wright finished with 21 points on 8-of-20 shooting and collected 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals which to league standards are average numbers for imports.
“We totally lost our drive. It’s a mental shutdown. We also need to talk to our import. He played a little better today. But it’s not enough for us to win games. We need him to show leadership,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said.
The Elasto Painters were still in the game trailing by only 5 at the half, 54-59, until the Aces caught fire in the third canto seizing a big 17-point lead, 95-78.
Wright’s numbers were better than his league debut where he had 16 points on 4-of-16 shooting and 8 rebounds while fighting off jetlag.
“His numbers were up today from his first game. But I think what we needed from him is ‘yung leadership, ‘yung making the right play at the right time,” Guiao added.
As Wayne Chism’s return becomes bleak with Rain or Shine’s original import needing a month to recover from a hamstring injury, Guiao said they will prepare a back-up plan when they meet with the management on Monday.
“Sa ngayon ang focus namin is our Friday game against NLEX and we will still have Antoine. But if you’re losing, you really need a back-up plan just in case,” Guiao said.
The verdict is still out for Wright, who was New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Net’s 15th overall pick in the talent-rich Draft Class headlined by Andrew Bogut and Chris Paul. – By AA