SUPER 8: Sharp-shooting Koreans not a surprise for coach Yeng
Paul Lintag on Jul 18, 2018 07:02 PM
As a former Philippine national team head coach, coach Yeng knows how the Koreans operate on the basketball floor. And Koreans can shoot, which was evident when the Etland Elephants burned NLEX from deep in the Macau Super 8 tournament. (ASIA LEAGUE Photo)
MACAU --- Yeng Guiao has dealt with Koreans before.
As a former Philippine national team head coach, coach Yeng knows how the Koreans operate on the basketball floor.
That's why wasn't too surprised when the Etland Elephants waxed hot in the second half to hand his NLEX Road Warriors a sound 75-60 beating in the Super 8 tournament Wednesday at the East Asian Games Dome here.
With NLEX's defense standing its ground, Etland only shot 25 percent in the first half for a two-point lead.
However, the Elephants ended up burying nine triples in the second half to break the game open. Etland led by as many as 23 points, 75-52, before surrendering the last eight points of regulation.
"Actually di naman siya flashback, expected mo siya," Guiao said on hot shooting from a Korean crew.
"It's an expectation, it's something that I've always reminded the guys about. But iba yung nandun ka na on the floor and iba yung nasa isip pa lang," he added.
Ultimately, Coach Yeng acknowledged total defeat and hopes that the Road Warriors can learn from dealing with the Elephants.
Guiao also hopes to face another Korean team down the line in Macau. There are two KBL teams in the Super 8, the other one being the Samsung Thunders.
"That's why this league is also good for us because you learn a lot, you learn a lot of styles and system and you learn how to adapt," Guiao said.
"Ako gusto ko makalaban ulit, sa next round baka may makalaban kami ulit na Korean team, we'll see," he added.
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