Former import Bill Walker stands in the way as NLEX looks to sustain hot streak
Bill Walker faces his former team NLEX and its import Aaron Fuller. Jerome Ascano

AS it continues to look forward to a bright future, NLEX takes on an ally from the recent past in its PBA Governors’ Cup matchup against Blackwater on Friday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The Road Warriors face former import Bill Walker in the 7 p.m. matchup with the objective of tightening their grip on second spot with a sixth win in seven games.

Walker showed the same NBA-caliber level of play in his debut for the Elite two Sundays ago when he registered 32 points, 15 boards, and five assists while battling cramps the entire fourth period in leading his new team to a 92-86 win over Phoenix, their first in four games.

And Walker is expected to put on another virtuoso performance against his former team in the hope of leading his new team to a win streak.

NLEX star Kevin Alas believes Walker is extra motivated to play against the Road Warriors after playing for the squad the last two editions of the season-ending conference.

“For him, siguro may gustong patunayan sa amin yun kasi former team niya kami, but we’re prepared naman for him,” Alas said on the eve the matchup. “Sana gumana yung game plan namin against Henry.”

NLEX is parading a new acquisition in Cyrus Baguio, another veteran who has reunited with coach Yeng Guiao and is expected to provide leadership to a young squad.

The Elite continue to bank on Mike DiGregorio, who’s coming off a career-high 28-point performance in the win over the Fuel Masters.

Meralco aims to recover from its first loss in five games as it takes on a Phoenix that’s also seeking to bounce back from its loss to Blackwater in the first game at 4:15 p.m.

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