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Nov 26, 2019

Guiao expects bounce back game from Harris in KO match vs NorthPort

YENG Guiao doesn't see import Manny Harris having another bad game for NLEX.

Not again especially when the Road Warriors' season is on the line.

"I don't think he's going to have another game as bad as that," said Guiao of Harris, who was only good for 12 points on 5-of-18 shooting from the field in the Road Warriors' 115-90 loss to NorthPort Batang Pier in their PBA Governors Cup quarterfinal match up Monday night.

Harris also had seven rebounds and four assists along with five turnovers in the loss that forged a knockout match for the fourth and last semis berth in the season-ending meet.

Prior to the game, the 30-year-old former NBA player is averaging 32.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 7.1 assists.

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"It's the worst game of our import," Guiao admitted.

But the NLEX coach doesn't see Harris falling prey to another case of bad game.

"We're hoping that he can bounce back the next game," said Guiao.

In contrast, NorthPort counterpart Michael Qualls was a dominant force inside for the Batang Pier with 39 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists, while shooting 4-of-9 from three-point range.

And Guiao is not about to take that against Qualls and the Batang Pier in general.

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"NorthPort has been playing well and shooting really well the last two games," said Guiao of the team, who has beaten them twice in a row already.

The do-or-die match between NLEX and NorthPort is set at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, with the winner facing Barangay Ginebra in the best-of-five semifinals. (RG)