"We'll take our chances for a long series" - Yeng Guiao

Philip Matel on Mar 14, 2018 11:06 PM
The NLEX Road Warriors hope for the best that they could extend the series to at least six games.

NLEX Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao says that it will be do-or-die for them as they head in to Game 4 against the Magnolia Hotshots.

The Road Warriors, who drop their second straight game after taking Game 1 against Magnolia, will treat Friday's contest as a make-or-break affair, and hope for the best that they could extend the series to at least six games.

"Our goal is to prolong the series. On Friday, it's a must win for us, that's a crucial game. Every win for us, it prolongs this series. Siguro, we'll take our chances with a long series," Guiao said after the game.

On an up-and-down contest that featured 31 lead changes and 13 ties, the former Rain or Shine coach lamented the team's collapse midway through the fourth quarter, in which they saw the veteran Hotshot squad ride the back of big man Ian Sangalang for a lead that they would not relinquish until the final buzzer.

"For this game, we felt we just lost on breaks. There were some crucial moments in the last 4-5 minutes when we could have made some big plays, but actually, the breaks favored the other team."

In terms of their defense, Guiao also regretted his team's effort, because they allowed their opponents to 52.4-percent accuracy from downtown on an 11/21 shooting clip.

The multi-titled coach added that Ian Sangalang's 24-point performance certainly did not help their cause, which led to Magnolia hitting timely field goals in the final stretch of the game.

"We fought hard, but again the breaks did not fall on our side. But we will fight harder on Friday, we know that's a make or break game for us."

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