NLEX coach Yeng Guiao admitted that he could be expecting too much from his players as far as developing their maturity and character is concerned as they surrendered a 110-96 decision at the hands of GlobalPort in their PBA Philippine Cup matchup on Friday.
The Road Warriors failed to get a win streak going after an impressive win over TNT KaTropa in Angeles City last Saturday as they fell into an early hole against the Batang Pier and never got out of it.
The game saw Guiao scolding his players, including Garvo Lanete, at some point, after being unable to follow instructions as they went on to suffer their sixth loss in eight games to join Meralco at the bottom.
But the firebrand mentor said he realized that he could be putting too much pressure on his wards.
“I think one of the problems also is I might be exerting too much pressure on my players,” Guiao said after a long meeting with his staff at the dugout.
“But I told them there’s no escaping that,” he was quick to add. “Sabi ko naman sa kanila, kung hindi niyo kaya yung pressure, you will fall by the wayside – or you will improve as a player and build your character. Ngayon, after our last three games, you’ll see who’ll fall by the wayside and who will get better.
“But I’m not going to let up on the pressure,” he continued. “I want my players to mature the way we have seen our players mature in my system and style. We don’t baby anybody. We don’t babysit anybody. You’re just going to have to decide on your own or come out on your own, and develop that toughness, or fall by the wayside.”
The Road Warriors could learn a thing or two about maturity from JR Quinahan, who delivered against former coach Guiao with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, seven boards, and two assists off the bench as he provided support to Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle.
“I expected that (performance) from JR,” Guiao said. “That’s the way he’s been playing and matured naman talaga ang laro niya. I think dapat lang na ilabas niya yung ganung laro niya whoever he’s playing against.”
“I think part of it, he’s learned also from our experience together as player and coach,” he added.