THE form and accuracy may not be the same as those dreaded South Korean gunners.
Yet, Yeng Guiao saw a resemblance between Blackwater and the Sokors the way the Elite fired one three-pointer after another in gunning down the Road Warriors, 107-106, in the PBA Governors Cup Friday night.
It didn’t escape Guiao’s eyes that Blackwater torched his team for 17 threes that kept the Road Warriors still winless in three meetings against the Elite this season.
Import Henry Walker and Roi Sumang had five triples each, while Mike Digregorio had four as the trio alone outscored the entire NLEX team from downtown.
NLEX converted only six three pointers overall.
“Parang kalaban mo Korea kanina,” said Guiao, in reference to the deadly Asian shooting team, which just days ago brought down Gilas Pilipinas, 112-86, behind a 16-of-21 clip from three-point land during their quarterfinal showdown in the FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon.
“Pero despite that hindi kami natambakan. We had the chance to win the game actually.”
Guiao said he didn’t feel bad about the loss, the second in three outings for NLEX, which now holds a 5-2 record.
The NLEX coach acknowledged Blackwater played probably its best game this conference.
“They shot the three-point shot really well. It’s not because they are not being defended but there will just be days when you will get your rhythm going, you’ll play in a zone, and that’s the situation we’ve dealt with a while ago,” Guiao added.
Other than Blackwater’s hot shooting night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Guiao also believes turnovers compounded his team’s woes.
“We had a lot of turnovers and we have given up too many turnover points. So that’s the factor that could have probably turned the tide over in our favor,” Guiao noted.
NLEX indeed, committed more turnovers, 23-12, which Blackwater converted to 28 points compared to the 10 of the Road Warriors.
But the veteran mentor is not about to take the credit away from Blackwater, which raised its record to 2-3 after winning for the second straight game with Walker in tow.
For Guiao, it’s still the Elite’s fiery outside shooting that spelled the difference.
“When you’re playing a team like that the way they were shooting, we were not playing badly actually, it’s just that they shot the ball very well,” said Guiao of the Elite. “And we can only do a little thing about that.”