Mar 14, 2019

Yeng Guiao considers lopsided win against Alaska as turning for NLEX in bid to make playoffs

Coach Yeng Guiao believes Wednesday's lopsided win over Alaska could be a turning point for NLEX in their bid to crash into the playoffs in the PBA Philippine Cup.

The Road Warriors pulled off a 91-70 victory at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in the absence of Guiao, who was ejected midway in the second quarter after picking two 'Ts'.

Significantly, the Road Warriors to climb into a tie for ninth place with the Meralco Bolts (3-5), just one game behind the Columbian Dyip (4-6), currently at eighth place in the team standings.

"This game could be a good sign because we need to win the next three games, actually," Guiao said. "So we need this confidence boost to be able to have a chance at doing that."

NLEX plays Blackwater on Sunday at the Big Dome before heading to Guiao's home province of Pampanga on March 23 to play Ginebra at th e Angeles University Foundation gym.

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The Road Warriors close out their elimination round schedule against the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok on April 3 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Guiao was particularly pleased that the Road Warriors managed to win big against a disciplined, well-coach Aces Wednesday considering they are coming off a 121-111 blowout loss to the San Miguel Beermen last March 8.

Guiao said his troops encountered little distractions while preparing for the Alaska game and it worked well for the team.

"We were probably distracted as a team from all the things going on around us in the previous game," Guiao said. "This (win) could be a sign that we're getting back our focus and this is a good sign for us in general." (JT)