NLEX coach Yeng Guiao is being given a good glimpse of his team’s future right now
Seemingly adjusted to Guiao’s system, the Road Warriors finally had enough in their tank to pull the rug from under Alaska 100-92 Wednesday and barge into the win-column of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
It was the first victory in 10 games for NLEX and snapped it out of a 13-game winless spell that dated back to Jan. 7.
Making the victory sweeter is the fact the Road Warriors pulled it off despite an early 20-point deficit and making do with an all-Filipino line-up in the final 5:20 of play after Wayne Chism fouled out.
Good thing Kevin Alas, JR Quinahan, Alex Mallari, Juami Tiongson and Rabeh Al-Hussaini had enough composure to bring the team home in the face of unrelenting pressure from the Aces.
For Guiao, the way his charges played against a second league heavyweight in as many games just proves the re-tooling he initiated through trades earlier this month is sound, resulting in their first win in 10 games. – PBA
NLEX 100 – Chism 22, Tiongson 16, Quinahan 16, Alas 11, Al-Hussaini 9, Mallari 7, Monfort 6, Soyud 5, Rios 4, Lastimosa 2, Baracael 2, Ighalo 0, Taulava 0.
ALASKA 92 – Jefferson 36, Manuel 17, Abueva 12, Casio 10, Racal 5, Banchero 3, Thoss 2, Enciso 2, Exciminiano 2, Mendoza 2, Pascual 1, Cruz 0, Galliguez 0, Hontiveros 0.
Quarterscores: 18-35, 51-48, 76-75, 100-92.