NLEX may sport a better record than winless expansion team Blackwater, but it seems it’s the latter that’s playing better as of late.
Although in seventh spot with two wins in seven games, the Road Warriors are on a three-game tailspin, while the Elite, aching for their breakthrough victory in the PBA, have played close games despite being stuck at the bottom without a win in seven games.
That’s why Road Warriors coach Boyet Fernandez is wary of the Elite on the eve of their Philippine Cup matchup on Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. The teams clash at 4:15 p.m.
“We are worried playing against Blackwater,” Fernandez said on Thursday. “Although they haven’t won a game, they have been playing really well in their last three games.”
Blackwater’s latest loss came at the hands of defending champion Purefoods, 90-82, last Tuesday in a game where the Elite came back from a 16-point deficit before faltering in the fourth quarter.
“We have to come out strong and bring the defensive mentality if we want to beat them,” said Fernandez, whose team is coming off a 92-76 loss against the Hotshots last Friday.
Asi Taulava and Mac Cardona are the forefront of the NLEX attack and will be facing a young Elite side led by one of its few veterans in Sunday Salvacion.