SUPER 8: Coach Yeng misses Kiefer, Kevin
Paul Lintag on Jul 22, 2018 11:31 AM
Ravena is in middle of serving his 18-month FIBA ban, Alas is out for the season with an ACL injury, while Mallari and Fonacier are back home both nursing nagging injuries and sickness.
MACAU --- NLEX has performed well enough in the Super 8 tournament to find themselves competing for a podium finish.
To wrap up the games at the East Asian Games Dome here, the Road Warriors will have their rematch against South Korea's Etland Elephants for third place.
But in NLEX's week-long journey in Macau, it would have been better if the team had its handful of superstars who are currently out of rotation.
"In this situation you kinda miss Kiefer, Kevin, Alex, and Larry," head coach Yeng Guiao sadid.
Guiao of course, is talking about Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, Alex Mallari, and Larry Fonacier.
However, Ravena is in middle of serving his 18-month FIBA ban, Alas is out for the season with an ACL injury, while Mallari and Fonacier are back home both nursing nagging injuries and sickness.
Any of the four, or all of them, could have greatly helped the Road Warriors during the team's previous loss to the Elephants or NLEX's failed comeback bid vs. the Guangzhou Long Lions in the Super 8 semis Saturday.
"You kinda miss those guys," Guiao said.
Regardless, coach Yeng is happy with NLEX's stint in Macau as it gave some of his young guns to shine. Mac Tallo and Kenneth Ighalo are just some players that have shined for the Road Warriors in the Super 8.
"But again, it's also good for these young guys that they're able to experience something like this," Guiao said.
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