PBA: “Genius” NLEX won’t say no to no. 1 spot
Paul Lintag on Nov 02, 2019 07:13 AM
The Road Warriors, with Manny Harris at the lead, show no signs of stopping. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
At 4-1 in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup, NLEX went ahead and replaced longtime import Olu Ashaoulu for Manny Harris.
It was a big gamble for the Road Warriors and they knew that.
Three wins later, NLEX’s huge gamble has been paying off quite well and the Road Warriors, with Harris at the lead, show no signs of stopping.
After back-to-back games with over 40 points, Harris dropped a casual triple-double as NLEX has regained first place in the team standings.
“It was a big gamble nung pinalitan namin si Olu because we were very successful with Olu. Our rish was we would look stupid or we would look like a genius,” head coach Yeng Guiao said.
“So far, genius pa naman,” he added.
Still, Coach Yeng knows that things could change rather quickly in the PBA.
Teams may start figuring Harris out and NLEX might fall into some trap games. However, the Road Warriors will keep holding on to the number one spot for a long as they can and see how far they go once the playoffs start.
“Very fragile, alam namin na konting mali mo lang pwede kaming bumagsak,” Guiao said.
“I hope we can hold on, important samin na makatop-4 para may twice-to-beat advantage. That’s the purpose. We never dreamed of number 1 but if it’s there, we’ll take it,” he added.
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