“They’re gonna try to attack us with Blatche (Andray) as much as they could. We’ll try to make sure we neutralize him a little bit in the second game and probably attack in a few different areas,” added Wright, who once played with PBA great Allan Caidic in the 90s.
"I'm happy that the other guys coming off the bench are stepping up. We are trying to let the others play so that pagdating sa dulo na, kailangang may kumpiyansa na lahat ng players ko. Sana tuloy-tuloy na rin ang kanilang pag-improve nila (reserves) so we can be a very solid team come the second round," said Fernandez.
Seven others in the pool--Raymond Almazan, Mark Barroca, Beau Belga, Robert Bolick, Poy Erram, CJ Perez and Kiefer Ravena--will contest the remaining six slots. Matthew Wright and Marcio Lassiter were initially in the pool and both looked a cinch in the team, but injuries prevented them from joining.
"Again, this is the year that CSB is playing well. For us, we have to treat every game as very important game for us. It has been a tiring week for us. We are playing back-to-back-to-back games for us. We just have to manage the players and have enough energy going into Friday's game against CSB," he added.
The Filipinos open their campaign against world No. 9 Italy on Aug.31 in Foshan, China, in one of eight games taking the wraps off the 32-nation, eight-group tournament where the United States is the defending champion.They play Europ[ean heavyweight Serbia on Sept. 2 before wrapping up their elimination round assignment against Angola two days later.
Under the agreement, the PSC will provide financial support pursuant to the General Appropriations Act of 2019 to the Phisgoc; the POC will organize and form Team Philippine for SEAG participation and Phisgoc is primarily responsible for the actual preparations, organization, and execution of the SEA Games hosting.