PAST and present premier playmakers of Yeng Guiao take center stage as Magnolia and NLEX face off in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Paul Lee and Kiefer Ravena try to make Guiao proud as they aim to lead their respective teams in breaking a 2-1 win-loss record tie between them that would give the winner solo second spot after the main game of the doubleheader that tips off at 6:45 p.m.
Lee, who blossomed under Guiao at Rain or Shine the first five years of his career, showed he’s back in top form for the Hotshots after recovering from a knee injury, scattering all his 13 points in the third quarter that sparked their 124-77 rout of Kia Wednesday.
On the other hand, Ravena, now Guiao’s prized ward at NLEX, found out what life in the PBA is all about, crashing back to earth after an impressive two-game start to his pro career as he was held to just eight points on 4-of-13 shooting in their 102-95 loss to Phoenix last Sunday.
Ravena, though, is eager to put his first off-night behind as he continues to learn from Lee and the rest of the league’s top point guards.
“The name of the game sa PBA is consistency,” Ravena said after Gilas practice last Monday. “You have to learn from the great guards that have been in the PBA for a long time.”
“The LA Tenorios, the Jayson Castros, the sustainability of their level of play and consistency of you know, their game, all throughout the years they’ve been playing whether they join Gilas, join PBA, and both,” he added. “So yun mga kailangan kong matutunan at ma-absorb because I’ll be in their shoes.”
Alaska, riding its 103-98 win over Meralco, tries to even its record to 2-2 as it takes on luckless Kia, winless in three games, in the first game at 4:30 p.m.