SUPER 8: NLEX gives Pinoys in Macau a great show
Paul Lintag on Jul 20, 2018 07:59 PM
Playing a primetime game, the NLEX Road Warriors managed to gather a decent audience in the Super 8 tournament at the East Asian Games Dome here Thursday. NLEX gave them a good show. (ASIA LEAGUE Photo)
MACAU --- Everywhere they go, Pinoy basketball teams attract a crowd.
Playing a primetime game, the NLEX Road Warriors managed to gather a decent audience in the Super 8 tournament at the East Asian Games Dome here Thursday.
NLEX gave them a good show.
Playing against the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, the Road Warriors completed a 27-point turnaround to win and advance to the semifinals this weekend.
A good Filipino crowd celebrates NLEX's victory in the #Super8 tournament. The Road Warriors advance to the semifinals here in Macau with a 2-1 record in Group A | @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/prJ3qaO5HO— Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) July 19, 2018
It was classic puso.
"The boys just played with a lot of heart and even if this is a side tournament, even if it’s a minor tournament, I felt like I have a newfound respect for the guys," head coach Yeng Guiao said.
"They played their hearts out and they put in the effort and one thing that makes me happy is we made our Filipino fans here in Macau happy, that’s the biggest takeaway for this game," Guiao added.
Playing in the Super 8 also involves a lot of pride for Pinoy teams.
No way they'll do the PBA bad by underperforming in a legitimate international joust.
"These teams we play, di naman ito pushover teams sa mga liga nila. We're the pushover team in the PBA. That says a lot not just for our team but the brand we play in the PBA," Guiao said.
"Magandang comparison din na di tayo nahuhuli with the best teams in Asia with the CBA and KBL," he added.
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