Philippine basketball is something to love for new NLEX import

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 04, 2018 10:43 PM
Philippine ball is something to love for new NLEX import
Olu Ashaolu is feeling good about NLEX and Philippine basketball

Coming off a semifinals finish in the last conference, NLEX only has two wins two show at the end of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Falling to red-hot Magnolia, 89-116, the Road Warriors suffered their worst loss since head coach Yeng Guiao took over two years ago.

Along with that, the latest loss was an unfortunate debut for new import Olu Ashaolu. “We wanted to come here and get a W and finish the conference on a positive note. Unfortunately, we didn’t do that,” he told reporters post-game.

The Canadian reinforcement was impressive in his first game with 31 points and 12 rebounds.

Clearly, the Filipinos’ brand of basketball was just how he likes it. “I’ve been in Japan for the past four years and here, they let you play through contact. They kind of let you play over here which is more so suited for my kind of style,” he shared.

He then continued, “I’ve had to adjust the last four years in Japan, but now, I can go back to playing the way I like to play.”

However, he would only get to play that basketball again in the next conference tipping off a month from now.

For now, Ashaolu will turn his attention to building better rapport with his new teammates.

The good news is that he and NLEX will be competing in a pocket tournament in Macau. “I feel confident about this headstart for the next conference so we can start building as a team. I feel confident about that,” he remarked.

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