PBA: NLEX’s gamble on Harris paying off so far
Paul Lintag on Oct 16, 2019 08:00 PM
The Road Warriors let go of Ashaolu to make way for former NBA player Manny Harris. (PBA)
ANTIPOLO — Despite a strong 4-1 start in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup with longtime import Olu Ashaolu, NLEX made a big move in time for Wednesday’s game against Columbian by tapping a new reinforcement.
The Road Warriors let go of Ashaolu to make way for former NBA player Manny Harris.
Against the Dyip at the Ynares Centter here, the move was an immediated return of investment as the Road Warriors got a 117-111 win to take over second place in the team standings with a 5-1 record.
Harris led all scorers with 45 points, 27 in the second half.
“We took a big gamble, actually. Olu was doing really well for us. He brought us to where we are now at 4-1?,” head coach Yeng Guiao said of the import change.
“We took a big risk, but it seems to me after one game that it's worth the risk, that the gamble we took was worth it,” he added.
Seeing the competition in the Governors’ Cup, NLEX felt that it needed a different kind of threat from its import spot.
And while Olu is a great fit with the Road Warriors, having Harris on deck opens up more opportunities for the team.
“Although Olu was an offensive threat inside, we felt that with the other imports playing outside, being quicker, being able to shoot the outside shot, we felt that we had to find somebody who can match up with that,” Guiao said.
“We felt that this was the right time already,” he added.
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