PBA: Losing skid worries coach Yeng as no. 1 NLEX enters playoffs

Paul Lintag on Nov 22, 2019 08:53 AM
Losing skid worries coach Yeng as no. 1 NLEX enters playoffs
The Road Warriors lost their last two games of the elimination round and no. 8 Northport was one of the teams that beat up NLEX. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

Despite being the no. 1 seed in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs, NLEX’s road to the quarterfinals is not exactly inspiring.

The Road Warriors lost their last two games of the elimination round and no. 8 Northport was one of the teams that beat up NLEX.

“Hindi ko rin alam nangyari eh. We’re just playing badly. The last two games were our worst games,” head coach Yeng Guiao said.

“It’s kind of worrying to me kasi we should be peaking at this point, but pababa yung laro namin. I think that’s a reason to worry,” he added.

Still, not all is lost for NLEX.

Being the no. 1 team means that the Road Warriors have been pretty good all tournament long. Being no. 1 also comes with a twice-to-beat advantage.

That playoff bonus should come in handy for NLEX.

“I guess it’s also good for us to have lost the first game. We know we have a twice-to-beat advantage, we know that false sense of confidence that we probably had the last time is going to be erased because they beat us,” Guiao said.

“We know we have a hard game because they already know they can beat us so we will need all the intensity and preparation to beat NorthPort. Of course, even if you have a twice-to-beat advantage, your mentality is you only have one chance,” Coach Yeng added.

 

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