Coach Boyet Fernandez not pushing panic button after another late NLEX meltdown

NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez is not pushing the panic button just yet despite his team’s struggles early in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

The Road Warriors reeled to a third successive loss after surrendering a 101-95 decision to TNT Katropa on Wednesday night.

But Fernandez is sticking to the positives, implying they could’ve still been undefeated had they simply performed better down the stretch in their losses.

“No, (we’re not pushing the panic button). We just have to know how to win in the endgame,” Ferandez said. “Against San Miguel, we already won that game, but lost in the last seconds and Ginebra, we were in the game also, but we lost it in the fourth.”

“I think if we can grind it out and win the next game, it will change our situation,” he added.

The Road Warriors suffered their first loss of the season to the Beermen no thanks to a dagger three-pointer by Marcio Lassiter, before giving up a double-digit lead to the Gin Kings in a game where they missed suspended Asi Taulava.

With Taulava returning against the Texters, the Road Warriors engaged their sister team in a see-saw battle and even took a two-point  lead with a little less than three minutes left, before letting the Texters make a late run.

“Sayang yung game namin,” Fernandez said. “We were in the game, but sa endgame kami natalo. Sabi ko we did a good job in the first forty-six minutes, pero pag dating ng last two minutes, medyo nawala kami sa defensive game plan. Plus yung execution naming hindi maganda.”

“Pero kung makaka-stay kami sa TNT that way, we’ll take it as a positive na kaya rin namin mag-stay kahit sinong team pa,” he added.

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