NLEX import Kwame Alexander admitted the possibility of being sent home fired him up on Tuesday when he led the Road Warriors to a 113-102 upset of the Alaska Aces at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Alexander, a slam dunk champion back in the US, erupted for 17 of his 28 points in the second half to help the Road Warriors snap a two-game skid and inject life into the team’s sagging playoff fortunes in the PBA Governors Cup.
“That’s why we and me played a lot harder becase I believe they (Road Warriors management) like me and didn’t want me to leave. So it was more of a sense of urgency for them and for me,” Alexander said.
However, Alexander doesn’t think his superlative effort guaranteed anything. No wonder the NLEX import said his next goal is to help his team get its first back-to-back wins this Friday in a game against in-form San Miguel Beer.
“It’s a good thing we won. And maybe, I might stay a little bit longer and bring some more excitement to the league,” said the high-flying NLEX import.
Although Alexander posted solid averages of 22.8 points, 15.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks during the team’s first five games, NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez admitted telling the 24-year-old American import that they are open to the possibility of replacing him.
“We talked to him (Alexander) the last time about the situation that happened against Talk ‘N Text because we instructed him to attack the basket all the time, but he kept on shooting perimeter shots,” shared Fernandez of the 108-89 defeat to sister team Talk ‘N Text last week.
“So I told him, you really have to show a lot of energy because we took him from Greece, knowing that his energy is really so high and he can bring in that energy,” he added.
The NLEX coach said the win has prompted management to give Alexander an opportunity to stay.
“The way he played tonight, management will give him another chance,” he said.
A team insider said former Barako Bull import Joshua Dollard is on standby to replace Alexander if ever NLEX management decides to make the switch.