Even NLX coach Ying Guiyo knows that the prospects have slipped due to the Terafirma squad’s trade-scattered list.
“Terafirma is really good. You can’t underestimate [this team]Guiao said Wednesday evening that a strong comeback is needed to win the PBA Philippine Cup 105-102 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum of his Road Warriors.
“They’re big and they have pieces,” Guiyo added. “It’s just that their players have always been selected [in trades]. If it wasn’t [traded away key] Players, Terafirma may have already won a championship. “
The Road Warriors have just gotten a glimpse of this latest iteration of Dyip, who took a 16-point lead behind Joseph Gabyani’s heroism before Calvin Oftana and captain Kevin Alas were willing to beat the NLX.
“I am just happy with the way we have won. You can see the character of the team, “said Guo. “We got it out in the end, so I see that as a good sign of the character of this team.”
“Calvin is such a big thing [for us]”One good night, a 20-point performance is so easy for him. That’s what we missed against Geneva,” he added. [in the Governors’ Cup] The semifinals. “
“Kevin, meanwhile, you can see his game coming back. We missed him too [during that] Things are looking better now in the semifinals. “
Oftana scored 18 of his 20 points to seal the deal for the Road Warriors, and Alas led the team with a game-high 24 points.
Without JR Quiñahan, those efforts would have been in vain, with the third quarter accounting for one-third of the NLEX’s 40 points that allowed the Road Warriors to go within the competitive distance.
“If our offense hadn’t been so bad in the first half, we wouldn’t have had a hard time winning the game,” Guo said.
It was a tragic loss for Terafirma, who picked No. 2 overall Jonathan Gray to Barangay Geneva because he couldn’t wait to recover from his injury.
Gababyani anchored 48-31 in the first half. During the NLEX fightback in the last two quarters, Xuami Tingson and Joshua Munzon kept the dip in a lot of things, with Ed D’Queg hit an off-balanced three with seven seconds left to make 103-101.
But coach Jonadel Cardell, a soft-spoken Terafirm adviser, says such a catastrophe is bound to happen considering Terafirm’s list. “I have only a handful of veterans – Aldrach [Ramos]Juami and Eric [Camson]Said Cardell.
As Guiyo also mentioned, this should not be the case. Terafirma could be a group that includes Christian Standhardinger (traded in San Miguel Beer, now with Ginbera) and CJ Perez (traded in San Miguel Beer). Meanwhile, the NLX is hoping to get a streak this Friday against San Miguel Bear, who lost to Phoenix 108-100 in the second game.
The NLX should think to itself: Jun Mar Fazardo finished with 24 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and three blocks to lead the Bearmen against the Fuel Masters.
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