NOW barely inside the Top Eight, the NLEX Road Warriors seek to find relief as they tangle with winless Blackwater Bossing in the PBA Philippine Cup at the DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga Thursday.
From among the frontrunners, the Road Warriors dropped down to the fringes following three straight setbacks to the Magnolia Hotshots, the TNT Tropang Giga and the NorthPort Batang Pier.
Their slump started in squandering what had looked like a won ballgame against the Hotshots before eventually suffering a 105-112 loss in overtime.
They're now hard-pressed to regain their winning ways or they would find themselves in a more delicate situation while playing their last game against the Meralco Bolts next week.
Alas, the Road Warriors are now up against a Blackwater side that can be very dangerous while playing with nothing to lose.
Coach Nash Racela and his crew are now merely out for spoilers, being out of it all with a 0-9 win-loss card.
They're up against the NLEX Road Warriors and the Meralco Bolts in their last two games in the tourney.
The Road Warriors were at 3-2 when they entered the semi-bubble play in Bacolor.
Minus ace player Kiefer Ravena who flew out to Japan, the Road Warriors even went up to 4-2 after a triumphant debut in the DHVSU Gym over the Alaska Milk Aces.
Then they took a dive, with their fortunes plummeting down after their OT loss to the Magnolia Hotshots.
The Road Warriors hope to salvage their last two games for a shot at the Top Six which won't require a twice-to-win task in the quarters.
The immediate goal, though, is to enter the quarters.(SB)