May 17, 2018

Arnett Moultrie hopes two-week break will help NLEX regroup and make a late run

Arnett Moultrie is no stranger to this position.

From 2012 to 2014, the 6-foot-10 slotman has been part of "the process" -- the controversial approach the Philadephia took in order to build up a contender through the draft, which in turn, saw the 76ers lose a record number of games in that span.

That's why for Moultrie, he knows how tough of a situation NLEX is in after losing to GlobalPort, 116-94 on Wednesday and falling to a 1-4 record in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

"It's very frustrating, you know, because we work hard at practice. We do a lot of the skills -- individual stuff -- and we come out here and we lay an egg like this? It's disappointing for us, the fans and to the team," he said.

Moultrie's production dipped from its last game, incidentally the Road Warriors' first win of the conference.

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From posting a statline of 37 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists, and four blocks last week in Bi?an to help NLEX outlast Phoenix in overtime, 120-115, the 27-year-old's numbers dropped and settled for only 19 points on an 8-of-20 shooting clip, alongside 10 rebounds and three assists in the defeat to the Batang Pier.

However, if there's something Moultrie has learned from his stint in Philadelphia, it's certainly having the mentality that the rewards will eventually come if the team puts in the hard work.

"It's just guys staying together, supporting each other, continuing to play hard and just giving their all out," he said.

And Moultrie is hoping that this two-week reprieve will help NLEX to make a late run moving forward.

"I guess it gives us a chance to regroup, give us a break mentally, and just give us some more practice time to get our chemistry down back," he said. "After two weeks, we'll try to come out and get a win."

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NLEX returns to the court on May 30 to face Blackwater.(DL)