Coach Yeng wishes the best as PBA recovery looms – Manila bulletin
NLEX coach Yeng Guiao is hopeful that the suspension from the PBA Philippine Cup will not have a negative effect on his team once the playoff round games resume.
The Road Warriors split their four games before the league decided to suspend the season opener due to improved community quarantine regulations imposed in metro Manila.
The PBA is expected to restart later this month, likely in Guiao’s hometown of Pampanga, but only after the teams have trained for a week.
For Guiao, he hopes the team can overcome the challenges of the current break in the hopes of positioning themselves for a run in the playoffs.
âI still think if we can win five or six games, we’ll be in the middle of the pack. Then if you manage to qualify for the quarter-finals, you might have a chance to qualify for the semi-finals, âGuiao said in an online session on the Road Warriors’ Facebook page on Tuesday. August 10.
“(But) it really depends on which team is going to gain momentum, so we’ll see what happens,” he added.
Two of NLEX’s matches in the Philippine Cup have featured defending champions Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel Beer, teams Guiao considers to be among the favorites to win it all.
Results were mixed, with NLEX defeating Ginebra, 94-75, on July 18, but lost 110-93 to SMB five days later.
The Road Warriors face off against Magnolia Pambansang Manok Hotshots and TNT, the other two teams Guiao has listed as the teams to beat. Both are unbeaten with the Hotshots at 4-0 and the Tropang Giga at 3-0.
NLEX’s other games were an 83-82 loss to Rain or Shine in the season opener on July 16 and a 108-94 loss to Terrafirma without a win on July 25.
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