Joel Wright says skidding Star Hotshots must play with sense of urgency

Import Joel Wright insists he will keep pushing his basketball limits as he tries to help Star clinch a playoff spot in the PBA Governors Cup.

Wright was wounded soldier in action on Friday as he battled an elbow scratch he got from a hard foul from Phoenix’s young slotman Prince Caperal, sparking the Hotshots’ comeback from a 20-point deficit midway in the third quarter.

The athletic import willed his way in the final canto, scattering 11 points of his 29 but the Fuel Masters managed to quell the Hotshots’ rally down the stretch.

“All I can do is just go out and give my all and that’s what I’ve been doing since Day One,” said Wright, as the Hotshots fell, 106-93 to tumble to 1-7, in a tie wit Blackwater at the cellar.

Star has yet to win with Wright in tow, falling to 0-4 since former Best Import Marqus Blakely was replaced.

“I’m not mad at myself. I’m not mad at my team. We just got to keep playing hard and keep pushing through,” he said.

With seven losses in eight starts, the Hotshot could potentially miss the playoffs for the first time since 2011. 

“We just need to have a little more sense of urgency, all of us, including myself. We just got to know that our record is one and seven and we need to have some pride,” he said. – Jason Mercene

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