PBA: At last, Alaska has broken the coach Yeng-NLEX curse

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 15, 2018 10:08 PM
PBA: At last, Alaska has broken the coach Yeng-NLEX curse
Antonio Campbell helped head coach Alex Compton score his first win up against an NLEX side mentored by Yeng Guiao

Alaska was winless against NLEX ever since Yeng Guiao has been sitting in the coach’s chair in 2016.

That’s six straight games without a win spanning two seasons and seven conferences.

That was until Friday at the MOA Arena.

Behind Vic Manuel’s seventh straight 20-point game and Antonio Campbell’s red-hot shooting, the Aces finally downed the Guiao-coached Road Warriors, 120-111.

It almost wasn’t meant to be, though, as Alaska found itself down by five early in the final frame before Campbell came up big. “We’re really fortunate to make plays in the end,” head coach Alex Compton expressed post-game.

That the Aces, now winners of seven straight, were pushed to the limit by an NLEX side without both Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas was just another proof of Guiao’s coaching prowess. “Coach Yeng has six championships, he’s a great coach. You don’t know how relieved I am (with this win),” their always amiable mentor candidly said.

Without a doubt, the conference has been kind to Compton and his wards – not only did their latest win get the coach Yeng-NLEX monkey off their back, it also kept them as frontrunners for a top two finish for the quarterfinals.


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