LARRY Fonacier played down NLEX’s sizzling start in the PBA Governors’ Cup, but is proud to be part of it.
The Road Warriors turned back Meralco, 100-94, on Sunday night for their fifth win in six games – and seventh over the last nine dating back to last conference where they finished tied for last place.
“It’s a good step again in our improvement process this conference. It’s important for us to win these kinds of games, beating the top teams,” Fonacier said. “We just want to build confidence as we go along the way.
“We just try to build a culture of confidence, just making each other believe that we can do this,” he added. “Just because we’re NLEX, because it’s NLEX on our jerseys doesn’t mean that it’s not possible anymore to compete at the highest level.”
Traded from TNT KaTropa to the Road Warriors late last conferences, Fonacier has been one of the major factors to his new team’s resurgence – the latest evidence coming on Sunday when the veteran gunner registered 16 points, seven boards, two assists, two steals, and only one turnover in 30 minutes.
But more than providing the numbers, Fonacier is just glad to provide a veteran presence to a young team that has floundered in its first two conferences under coach Yeng Guiao.
“I didn’t expect this start, but I saw that this team was capable, the players here, they have the talent,” Fonacier said. “They just needed people to remind them that winning was possible even if last two conferences, that wasn’t the case.”
“They just needed to have someone remind them that there’s a way to win and we can do it together,” he added.
But Fonacier is also reminding them not to get ahead themselves.
“I can’t say it’s a transformation na; it’s a good start,” he said. “We have a goal set and we haven’t made it there. But every day I just try to give confidence to my teammates.”