It's kind of frustrating -- NLEX coach Guiao on 5-game slump
Mark Escarlote on Dec 24, 2016 12:07 AM
Hindi naman ako emotional with respect to playing Rain or Shine which is my former team. I just wanted to end the losing streak and not get to a deeper hole -- NLEX coach Yeng Guiao on loss against former team
NLEX continued with its nosedive in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.
Absorbing its fifth straight defeat, coach Yeng Guiao could not help but feel frustrated with the campaign of the Road Warriors.
It was doubly disappointing for Guiao as NLEX bowed down to his former team Rain or Shine, 97-107, Friday night.
“It's kind of frustrating but gan’un talaga,” said Guiao, emerging from the dugout of the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City after a long talk with his squad.
Without making excuses, Guiao understood that the team is still adjusting to his system just two months in after he took the post.
“'Di mo pwedeng ikalburo para mahinog (ang team). Talagang you have to just go through trials, tribulations, and adversities in order to develop and mold your character,” said Guaio, who steered RoS to two PBA titles. “Dinaanan din naman namin ‘yan sa Rain or Shine. This is not like it's the first time this has happened or it's an unfamiliar territory. It's really something you need to go through in developing a team.”
The fiery mentor pointed out that his team lacked the on court smarts and steady nerves as the Road Warriors squandered a 55-43 lead heading into halftime.
“I was trying to demand 100% effort and 100% intelligence,” said Guiao, who transferred to the Road Warriors two months ago after half a decade of service with the Elasto Painters. “Sinasabi ko nga na it has to be a combination. Medyo kulang pa kami doon sa intelligence, sa team intelligence, ‘yung diskarte ba kumbaga sa Pinoy. How do you win in the end game? How to come out with that big stop or that big rebound, that big basket? ‘Yun ang kulang namin.”
Guiao brushed off the angle of playing against his former crew. He treated the game as a regular match.
“Hindi naman ako emotional with respect to playing Rain or Shine which is my former team,” he said. “I just wanted to end the losing streak and not get to a deeper hole.”
The Road Warriors dropped to 1-5 win-loss record.
NLEX will resume action on June 7 against face Talk ‘N Text.
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