A TWICE-to-beat advantage in the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals is no assurance for NLEX.
No less than coach Yeng Guiao expressed this concern after the Road Warriors closed out the elimination round with two straight losses.
“We are just playing badly,” said Guiao. “The last two games were our worst games. It’s kinda worrying to me. We should be peaking at this point. Instead, pababa ‘yung laro namin, so I think that’s a reason to worry.”
Guiao spoke after NLEX lost to Alaska 90-106 last Wednesday, a defeat that came on the heels of a 94-102 setback to NorthPort last Nov. 13.
Those losses hardly mattered for the Road Warriors since they have long been assured of the top spot and a win-once advantage in the quarterfinals over the eighth-ranked team, which turned out to be the Batang Pier.
That duel starts Monday, enough time for Guiao to solve whatever ails his team.
The change, according to Guiao, must start from within.
“We have two or three days before we play again,” Guiao pointed out.
“That sense of urgency, that mentality, of just being relentless in every game should be restored. That’s my mission the next two to three days,” added Guiao.
“My job, really, is to make them feel that urgency and translate that into sustained energy on the court.”
Guiao added the loss to NorthPort, coming as it did after the top ranking was clinched, should also serve NLEX in good stead. “I guess it’s also good for us to have lost the first game,” he offered.