PBA: ‘Nakakahiya’ - Kiefer Ravena feels NLEX isn’t playing up to Yeng Guiao’s standards
Santino Honasan on May 16, 2018 11:09 PM
“Kahit kami din, nakakahiya din minsan na, actually nakakahiya tuwing ganyan yung nilalaro namin, " - Kiefer Ravena
After a 1-4 start to the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, it’s pretty clear that the NLEX Road Warriors aren’t playing up to their full capabilities.
After all, we saw them reach the semifinals just a conference ago, so we’ve seen how talented this team can be.
Wednesday evening at the Araneta Coliseum, NLEX absorbed another beating at the hands of Globalport, 116-94 for their fourth loss in five games.
For rookie guard Kiefer Ravena, what they need to go is simply get back to what they were doing during the previous conference.
Losing four times in the last five matches surely has taken a toll on the team inside the locker rooms, and when asked if it’s unlocked a side of head coach Yeng Guiao that they may have not seen during their successful Philippine Cup conference run, Ravena says that they’ve experienced it before.
“Ah hinde, we had glimpses of that naman last conference,”
Guiao is a no-nonsense mentor with championship pedigree and years of basketball experience, that’s why Ravena feels that with this rough start, they aren’t doing Coach Yeng too proud.
“Kahit kami din, nakakahiya din minsan na, actually nakakahiya tuwing ganyan yung nilalaro namin, kasi we’re not only representing our brand, our company, at the same time, we’re representing a very coveted coach in Coach Yeng, so for now, we haven’t been up to par with that.”
For his part, Guiao also believes that the Road Warriors need to come out with the same drive that they did during the previous conference.
“We were so upbeat getting into the semis last conference and our hopes were high for this conference but we have a disappointing start to say the least,” said Guiao.
While the loss of guard Kevin Alas, who suffered an ACL injury last March has been a tremendous blow, Guiao isn’t taking that as a ready reason for their poor play as of late.
“Certainly we miss Kevin, but that’s not an excuse to play this badly.”
“We haven’t been, we’re not playing with the kind of desire and passion and aggressiveness and just yung purpose, I don’t see it with this team so far. We have to bring that back, playing with a purpose and keep working hard in the practices.” Guiao added.