YENG Guiao's first game back after a European vacation didn't end well as the NLEX coach was ejected for two technical fouls on Friday night in a loss to Magnolia.
If it was any consolation, Guiao isn't too disappointed with his team's play.
“Still a disappointing loss but I feel na we played a lot better today than our previous three games when I was absent,” said Guiao after the 98-88 loss to Magnolia. “I saw the games when I was gone and I don’t think we played defense as good as we did today.”
“Siguro and deperensya na lang, we didn’t get the breaks from the officiating,” said Guiao.
Guiao was specifically happy with the ball movement of NLEX that resulted in 27 assists as well as the effort on defense.
“We moved the ball well. We had 27 assists which is our regular game. We had games where we had more turnovers than assists. At least today, we had 27 assists and 16 turnovers. Medyo positive ‘yung ratio,” said Guiao.
“The other good thing is I saw effort on defense. Medyo nung huli, napagod lang si Tony Mitchell and he couldn’t get those extra rebounds that we needed. Two or three times, that was the crucial part of the game where I felt na magiging turning point. Nonetheless, it’s still a better game than the last three games that we played,” Guiao said.
With NLEX now at 0-6, Guiao admitted that team is already looking ahead to the Governors’ Cup where the Road Warriors will have Kiefer Ravena back from a Fiba suspension as well as Kevin Alas from an injury.
“We have five games left. We will still try to win as many as we can and see where it will take us. But I feel whatever happens, we should be playing better in the third conference kung nandoon na si Kiefer, Kevin, at Jericho (Cruz) magkakasama na sila,” said Guiao.
“Kung mapapaaga ‘yung vacation namin, we can bring the imports earlier for the preparation. That’s our Plan B. Plan A is to win as many as we can and see where that takes us,” he added.