Guiao looking at NLEX to be a contender in Governors' Cup
Paul Lintag on May 24, 2017 08:15 PM
"We will be there in the third conference and we will try to contend." --- Yeng Guiao.
NLEX's big trades from a couple of weeks ago finally paid off with a much-needed win.
However, just because the Road Warriors are finally on the board in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup after 10 games, it does not mean that the team is done wheeling and dealing.
But with only one game left in its assignment, NLEX is in no rush to make any more roster moves as of right now. Also, none of the expected upcoming moves will be as big as the last time when the Road Warriors practically re-worked their core.
"If ever there are going to be changes it's going to be in between conferences already," head coach Yeng Guiao said Wednesday after NLEX snapped a nine-game losing skid in the mid-season joust by beating Alaska, 100-92. The losing skid was actually at 13 dating back to the Philippines Cup.
"And again, we're not done yet, there's still going to be some changes but they're going to be minor changes, not like the ones you saw two weeks ago," he added, going back to the team's series of trades that landed them Alex Mallari, JR Quinahanm and Larry Fonacier, all former champions from their previous teams.
Winning only their second game for the year of 2017 --- the first came last Jan. 7 --- Guiao is just happy his team finally pulled through.
He says this win validates all the roster moves they made so far.
"Gusto lang namin na i-validate na at least tama yung mga ginawa namin. The sign of a good trade is both parties should benefit from it. Our players who are playing for other teams that we traded are playing well," Guiao said.
Playing a close game against Alaska without an import in the last five minutes, Guiao is also happy to see that his Road Warriors are starting to turn things around from the character standpoint.
Surviving the Aces without an import is a pretty big deal after all.
"Winning the game without an import shows that there's a new resolve with our team, talagang they wanna prove themselves and they wanna show that we are improving," the fiery mentor said.
"We will be there in the third conference and we will try to contend. Kahit na papaano we want to exit this conference with some pride and this is the best way to do it [by winning]," Guiao said.
Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8