NLEX tries to make up for its early playoff exit in its maiden conference in the PBA by seeing action in the week-long Dubai International Tournament at the United Arab Emirates next month as part of its preparation for the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup.
Team manager Ronald Dulatre said the timing of the Dubai meet is perfect since it will give the Road Warriors enough time to work with their new import, who he declined to name for the moment, pending ongoing negotiations.
The tournament is slated from January 15-25.
“Kaka-forward ko lang kasi ng offer namin sa agent ng import, but definitely, makakasama na 'yung import sa Dubai na puwedeng maging preparation na rin namin going into the second conference,” Dulatre told Spin.ph.
With club teams from Middle East nations like Lebanon, Jordan, and UAE set to participate in the annual basketball tournament, NLEX will try to develop better chemistry in the hope of coming out with a respectable showing in the mid-season conference after barely making the playoffs of the Philippine Cup.
“Ang modest goal namin is mag-semis and itong tournament eh blessing sa amin because we really planned to have some time for our training camp,” Dulatre added.
The Road Warriors blew hot and cold during the All-Filipino Cup, before stumbling to a 4-7 record and limping into the playoffs as the 10th and last seed.
NLEX eventually bowed to Alaska, 82-78, in the knockout-style playoffs.