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    Lastimosa happy for former team Blackwater's turnaround, but insists focus solely on NLEX

    Jan 19, 2017
    Carlo Lastimosa says he, too, is befuddled by NLEX's tailspin. Jaime Campos

    CARLO Lastimosa isn't inclined to delve into the 'what ifs' following the offseason trade that moved him from Blackwater to NLEX.

    Now that the Elite have began adopting a winning culture, Lastimosa remains in the doldrums especially with the Road Warriors continuing their downward spiral in the PBA Philippine Cup.

    Saying he's happy with how things have turned around for his former team, the deadly shooting guard stressed his focus is solely on NLEX, no matter the state of disarray he has found himself in.

    "Masaya ako dahil nananalo na sila ngayon (Blackwater). Pero ito ang team ko (NLEX) ngayon. Dito ko gustong manalo," said a forlorn Lastimosa, who, along with the rest of the NLEX team had to endure an hour-long sermon from coach Yeng Guiao on Wednesday night following the team's 102-91 loss to Phoenix at the Astrodome.

    It was the seventh setback for the Road Warriors that further buried them in the race for the eight-team quarterfinals.

    Even Lastimosa is left befuddled by the sudden plunge of NLEX in a campaign that began on a rousing note following an 86-84 win over Alaska.

    "Hindi ko nga alam kung ano ang nangyari e," he said of the team's slump.

    [See Guiao hints at trades as NLEX free fall continues: 'There has to be changes']

    But the good soldier that he is, Lastimosa was quick to admit that the players are responsible for the way things had turned out for the Road Warriors.

    "Hindi pa lang talaga kami nag-jell as a team. Wala namang problema sa sistema ni Coach Yeng," said the former St. Benilde star. "Kami ring mga players ang may kasalanan."

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    All things have an end, he believes. Lastimosa is optimistic that what goes down eventually goes up, and it's going to be the same in the Road Warriors' case.

    "Wala pa sa ngayon, pero darating din kami diyan," said Lastimosa with optimism.

    "Ganyan naman ang basketball. Minsan maganda, minsan pangit. Minsan malas, minsan swerte."

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    Carlo Lastimosa says he, too, is befuddled by NLEX's tailspin. Jaime Campos
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