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Wright shows concern for hurt Ramos, hopes to team up for Gilas Pilipinas in World Cup

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Wright shows concern for hurt Ramos, hopes to team up for Gilas Pilipinas in World Cup

FILIPINO IMPORTS. Matthew Wright (right) and Kyoto Hannaryz sweep Dwight Ramos and Levanga Hokkaido.

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Matthew Wright says it is 'unfortunate' to see fellow Gilas Pilipinas player Dwight Ramos go down with an injury in their Japan B. League encounter

MANILA, Philippines – Matthew Wright expressed concern for Dwight Ramos after his fellow Gilas Pilipinas player went down with an ankle injury in their Japan B. League encounter.

Ramos left in a wheelchair after twisting his right ankle in the fourth quarter as his Levanga Hokkaido absorbed a 99-84 loss to Wright and the Kyoto Hannaryz on Sunday, November 20.

Immediately after scoring a layup with five minutes left, Ramos landed on the foot of Kyoto guard Kanta Mizuno and fell in visible pain.

“He’s been playing really well, especially for the country, so it’s unfortunate to see him go down with an injury,” said Wright. “But he’s a great young player and I’m a big fan.”

Wright wished Ramos a speedy recovery, recalling the time he got injured as “tough and painful.”

The game marked the first time the two went up against each other in Japan and Wright admitted he looked forward to facing Ramos after watching him impress for the national team.

Wright finished with 24 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals as the Hannaryz completed a two-game sweep of the Levanga over the weekend, while Ramos posted 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists before his exit.

“[I]t was my pleasure to compete against a fellow national team player,” Wright said. “I’ve been a fan of him for a while now.”

Wright added he wants to share the court with Ramos again, next time as Gilas Pilipinas teammates for the FIBA World Cup, which the Philippines will co-host with Japan and Indonesia next year.

“He has a very bright future, and hopefully, we’ll be able to play together in the World Cup for the Philippines,” Wright said.

Ramos looks to avoid a long layoff as Hokkaido returns to action against the Sun Rockers Shibuya on November 26, while Wright and Kyoto seek to extend their winning streak against the Utsunomiya Brex on the same day.

“I feel like our team is starting to settle into our identity that we’ve been practicing in the last few months,” said Wright. “I’m excited for the next game and the rest of the season.” – Rappler.com

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