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

Sun.Star Pampanga - - WORLD! -

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.

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)

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