BRADWYN Guinto immediately repaid the faith given by coach Yeng Guiao after coming through with a big game in his debut for NLEX.
The sophomore center finished with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds and was a solid presence in the endgame of the Road Warriors' 99-97 overtime win over the Alaska Aces in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Guinto was actually a personal choice of Guiao, who went all out in getting the services of the former San Sebastian stalwart from Mahindra through an offseason trade.
"Coach Yeng, he gives me a lot of confidence. It's really nice playing under him," said Guinto.
"He (Guiao) just let me play. Magagliit siya pag di mo tinira. If you're open, shoot it."
Although it’s only his first game under Guiao and the Road Warriors, Guinto was quick to meet the expectations of his new coach.
The impressive showing of Guinto, according to the NLEX coach, only justified the team’s move to get his services and add youth and zest to its veteran frontcourt consists of Asi Taulava and Enrico Villanueva.
“We did not make a mistake in recruiting him and trying to get him to move to this team,” said Guiao. “He proved his worth and it’s only the first game.
“He’s one of the youngest guys in the team, so the upside really is unlimited as of this time,” he said.
“He’s going to be one of the legitimate big men in this league in a very short time.”