NLEX coach Yeng Guiao sought more offensive production from players not named Kiefer Ravena after the team’s 105-94 loss to Magnolia in their PBA Philippine Cup matchup on Sunday night.
Guiao praised the rookie Ravena for putting on another virtuoso performance with 31 points on 12-of-20 shooting, on top of five assists, four rebounds, and four steals without committing a single turnover in over 32 minutes of play.
But the prized rookie’s one-man show went down the drain.
“Kiefer played a great game today offensively, but that’s not our style of play,” Guiao said after emerging from the dugout following a long talk with his staff. “We don’t want one player to take over the game offensively and try to bring us or carry us on his shoulders for us to win.”
“But sometimes you don’t have a choice,” he was quick to add. “If all your other offensive options are not working, then we just have to go with what working. In this situation, it was Kiefer, but I told the team, if we have to do it that way, we’re not going to win too many games.”
JR Quinahan and Kevin Alas were the only other Road Warriors who scored in double digits with 22 and 13 points, respectively.
“With our system, we always won more games when more people got involved and more people scored in double figures,” Guiao said. “Kiefer played a great game offensively but he did not get enough support from the rest of the team.
"We’ll just take this as our lessons and hope that by Friday, we’re able to correct our mistakes.”
On the other hand, the Hotshots saw a balanced effort that saw six players scoring at least nine points each.
Paul Lee led Magnolia’s offensive attack with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including four treys, in just 24 minutes as he made sure not to disappoint his former coach in Guiao.
“I’m sure that he’s making good use of what he’s learned when we were together but that is his own now,” Guiao said. “When we play each other, I have to find a way to shut him down. We were not successful today but we will keep on finding ways to shut him down.”
Guiao said he considers it a challenge trying to find ways to slow down Lee, just as he's certain the latter finds fulfillment in beating a team led by his former coach.
“Actually, we’re both competitive and I’m sure he wants to play his best when he’s playing against us and me on the other side, I also want to stop him as much as we can as a team,” he added. “Ganoon lang yun, we enjoyed playing together, but now we must also enjoy playing against each other.”