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Upbeat Guiao, NLEX looking to pull off upsets to end elims

Don't count NLEX out just yet. Despite sitting on the 11th spot in the PBA Commissioner's Cup, Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao is confident his team can still come up with a couple of upset wins to get a crack at the quarterfinals. "It's still a good sign for us, we're still looking forward to produce some upsets in our last games," said Guiao after their 120-111 loss to Alaska Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. NLEX holds a 2-7 record and will face Magnolia, 4-4, and defending champion San Miguel, 3-4, in its final two games. Guiao, though, is unfazed with the task at hand despite missing his star backcourt of Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas. Ravena is serving an 18-month...Keep on reading: Upbeat Guiao, NLEX looking to pull off upsets to end elims.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJun 16th, 2018

Guiao relishes chance to have Fajardo on his side for once in All-Star Game

MANILA, Philippines – Most of the time, Yeng Guiao tries to pull out all the stops just to contain June Mar Fajardo, the PBA's most dominant player. On Friday night, May 25, the NLEX Road Warriors tactician had nothing to do but sit back and relish on the experience of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

PBA Season 43 preview: The Pack

Forget the PBA impasse for a second. Seriously, forget it. Why? There are basketball games to be played. That's right, the PBA will push through with the opening of the 43rd season as originally scheduled and before we start what appears to be another long, exciting, stressful (for the good reasons, of course), and eventful year of basketball, let's look at all 12 teams first. We start with "The Pack" in this preview. Special thanks to Alaska's coach Alex Compton for this idea. Okay here we go.   Rain or Shine Elasto Painters PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals Governors' Cup - Quarterfinals PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Gabe Norwood Ed Daquioag Jericho Cruz Dexter Maiquez Maverick Ahanmisi Jewel Ponferrada Mark Borboran Chris Tiu James Yap Don Trollano Raymond Almazan Rey Nambatac Beau Belga Ronnie Matias Jeremy King Injured/Reserve: Jay Washington Head coach: Caloy Garcia The Elasto Painters, after losing so many key peices from their championship team in the previous offseason, didn't exactly have a bad year in 2017. ROS made it to the playoffs in each of the three conferences. However, the Painters failed to advance to the semifinals in all three as well. Rain or Shine is a champion team but the transition period for this franchise might be extended unless they can actually sustain their strong starts to conferences.   NLEX Road Warriors PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs Governors' Cup - Quarterfinals PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Emman Monfort Michael Miranda Juami Tiongson Jansen Rios Kevin Alas Cyrus Baguio Alex Mallari Larry Fonacier Kiefer Ravena Raul Soyud Kenneth Ighalo Rabeh Al-Hussaini Alfonso Gotladera JR Quinahan Asi Taulava Injured/Reserve: Ronjay Buenafe Head coach: Yeng Guiao It took them a while but the Road Warriors finally figured things out under coach Yeng Guiao. And now with a new star at poing guard plus a another offseason of playing together, this season feels like the actual start of the Yeng Guiao era in NLEX. The Road Warriors have a nice mix of young and veteran talent and they have a champion coach at the helm. The potential is there to make noise in the playoffs.   Phoenix Fuel Masters PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs PBA Season 43 opening day line up: LA Revilla Jason Perkins Gelo Alolino JC Intal Joseph Eriobu Justin Chua Marvin Hayes Jeff Chan Doug Kramer Jam Cortez Karl Dehesa Rey Guevarra William Wilson RJ Jazul Matthew Wright Head coach: Louie Alas Phoenix is in it to win it. The Fuel Masters missed the playoffs once for the first time in four conferences and the team literally changed almost their entire coaching staff. Coach Louie Alas will have an interesting squad to work with in his debut season with the team. If Phoenix can avoid a major slide similar to what happened in the 2017 Governors' Cup, expect the Fuel Masters to be featured in the playoff race.   KIA Picanto PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Reden Celda Jackson Corpuz JR Reyes Jon Gabriel Philip Paniamogan Rashawn McCarthy Prince Caperal Eric Camson Jan Jamon Pedrito Galanza Roldan Sara Glenn Khobuntin Mark Yee Dylan Ababou Ronald Tubid Head coach: Chris Gavina Kia's unconventional ways will be tested this season. After basically trading away Christian Standhardinger, people will most certainly watch the Picanto to lose. But you never know with this team, they have a brilliant coach and maybe Kia manages to pull off an upset or two this season. Maybe it's not so bad after all. We'll see.   Meralco Bolts PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals Governors' Cup - Finals PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Bryan Faundo Mike Tolomia Cliff Hodge Nico Salva Baser Amer Chris Newsome KG Canaleta Garvo Lanete Joseph Sedurifa Anjo Caram Jason Ballesteros Jared Dillinger Reynel Hugnatan Ranidel De Ocampo Mac Baracael Injured/Reserve: Ken Bono Head coach: Norman Black For the past two seasons, Meralco has not performed well in the Philippine Cup. Without an import, the Bolts just shut down for some reason. However, the team can build on a more mature set of locals this time around to make some noise in the All-Filipino. And you already know coach Norman Black is not allowing another All-Filipino collapse from his team.   Blackwater Elite PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs Governors' Cup - Quarterfinals PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Mike Cortez Mike Digregorio Ael Banal Roi Sumang JP Erram Mark Cruz John Pinto Mac Belo James Sena Renz Palma Chris Javier Allein Maliksi Dave Marcelo Raymar Jose Kyle Neypes Head coach: Leo Isaac Blackwater has an interesting team. Just looking at their line up from top to bottom, the Elite have all the tools to make a playoff runs this season. Starting with the All-Filipino, Blackwater can finish the job that they failed to do last season. People forget that the Elite, despite missing the playoffs, had a pretty good Philippine Cup last year.   Globalport Batang Pier PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Yousef Taha Julian Sargent Stanley Pringle Terrence Romeo Nico Elorde Sean Anthony Micahel Juico Jonathan Gray Ryan Arana Kelly Nabong Lervin Flores Joseph Gabayni Bradwyn Guinto Injured/Reserve: Arnold Van Opstal Head coach: Pido Jarencio Regardless if its Pido Jarencio or Franz Pumaren coaching this team, things will be hard for Globalport if Terrence Romeo continues to miss time. But looking at it from another angle, maybe Stanley Pringle shows us another level to his game and takes the Batang Pier to new heights. However, Globalport fans would feel more comfortable if the Bro recovers according to schedule and makes his debut sooner rather than later.   Alaska Aces PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Simon Enciso Chris Banchero Sonny Thoss Calvin Abueva Marion Magat Jake Pascual Jeron Teng Chris Exciminiano Carl Bryan Cruz Abel Galiguez Davon Potts Jvee Casio Kevin Racal Vic Manuel Injured/Reserve: Noy Baclao Head coach: Alex Compton It possibly can't get any worse for Alaska this season. After a down year, the Aces are poised for a bounce back season. If Alaska can re-learn how to finish games, the team can absolutely regain its lofty standing on top of the league. The pieces are there, it's amazing how the Aces lost so many games last season. It cannot get any worse.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

NLEX’s Guiao upbeat on Ravena

MANILA, Philippines — Kiefer Ravena has yet to fully rep NLEX in a PBA game, but he’s already reaping praises from his head coach, Yeng Guiao......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017

Cone sees tough grind but stays confident

Despite a roller-coaster campaign, Barangay Ginebra remains upbeat of its chances in the post-elims play after making it to the PBA Philippine Cup playoff round with a convincing win over NLEX last Sunday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 30th, 2017

With or Without Taulava NLEX seeks breakthru win

MANILA, Philippines – Despite their poor 1-5 card halfway through the elims, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao is still hopeful they get a key win that can.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 31st, 2016

Guiao still hoping NLEX makes playoffs

MAILA, Philippines – Despite their poor 1-5 card halfway through the elims, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao is still hopeful they can get a key win that can spark a tu.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 31st, 2016

FIBA: Guiao blames Kickert for starting Gilas-Boomers brawl

MANILA, Philippines --- Former national team head coach Yeng Guiao is not convinced that the unfortunate Gilas-Boomers brawl is entirely the fault of the Pinoys. The Australians had a hand in it too, and they should apologize as well, particularly Daniel Kickert. Guiao believes Kickert triggered the whole thing, which is what Gilas head coach Chot Reyes is saying. "What the Gilas players did was, to me, a natural human instinct in that situation. So, actually ako, I think it’s the Australians who need to apologize, not the Gilas team because it’s Kickert’s action that started the whole thing," Guiao said Wednesday after a PBA game featuring his NLEX team and Magnolia. "I do not believe in Luc Longley saying it’s Chot Reyes. Wala namang ginawa si Chot eh. Yung sinabi niya, well. .. That’s again, maybe, that’s debatable. But what Kickert did was the trigger of everything," he added. Kickert hit RR Pogoy with an elbow to the face after Pogoy shoved Chris Goulding to the floor following an offensive foul. But Guiao says Kickert never should have reacted in the first place and the Boomers are just looking for someone to blame after the fracas. "Yung nangyari kay Pogoy, yung banggaan nila ni Goulding, basketball play pa iyon eh. that was still a basketball play and the refs blew their whistle," Guiao said.  "So I think the Australians are just looking for somebody to blame when the ang dapat iblame ang the Australians, who I think are looking for trouble when they came here. The tone was set the day before when they were ripping the decals without any permission. If I coached the national team I would never do that coming into any venue and you have to respect the property of other people whatever they say kahit ano pa man yung dahilan," he added. In the end, Guiao is firm in his belief that Kickert pretty much started the brawl. And Guiao can't figure out why Kickert has never apologized for his own actions in the incident. "Kickert I think started it all, and he didn't even apologize. All he said was it's regrettable. And all he said was it's unfortunate. But he almost killed somebody and he did not apologize," Guiao said. "So sa akin pag hindi ka nagalit dun, hindi ka normal. Some people are taking the high ground but ako nagpapakatotoo lang ako. I dont think it's Chot Reyes's fault, it's Kickert's fault. He started it. And the bad thing about ths is our Gilas players are profusely apologizing for what happened, the guy who started it never apologized," he added. In the end though, Guiao acknowledges that the player's actions were wrong. However, he can understand the way they reacted. It was human nature and it was a lose-lose situation for our players. Watch their teammate get bullied and they'll hear something negative. Stand up and defend their teammate and well. they'll hearing negative things now. "To me, what is more embarrassing, if Kickert did that in front of our countrymen with us hosting, and he did not suffer any consequences after doing that..To me, sa akin yun ang nakakahiya.. na nandito ka sa Pilipinas, binagsakan ka ng siko ng napalaking tao. Kung yun ay naging kapatid mo, naging tatay mo, naging anak mo, kahit nga yung aso ko ginanun nya, makakatikim sa akin yun eh. So, it’s really to be, para magpakatotoo ka. Natural reaction talaga yun. Sabi ko nga, kung hindi nag-react ng ganun baka mas nakakahiya pa. Bakit mo pinabayaan yung kakampi nyo?" Guiao said. "I will not justify that. Mali talaga yun. I agree na mali talaga yun. Siguro nung burst of emotion, after that dapat naawat na, dapat naano na. Yun hindi ko majujustify yun. But in that instant, that split second when there's a burst of emotion, galit na ganun reaction mo, kung tao ka, flesh and blood ka and nakita mo yun, magre-react ka talaga. Kaya nga to me it's just being human," Guiao added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

PBA: Hotshots import Wayne Chism enjoyed playing against former team NLEX

Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena, Wayne Chism made his return to the PBA, suiting up for the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok.  Making Chism's conference debut more interesting was that he went up against his former team in the NLEX Road Warriors.  Already their fourth reinforcement this conference after Vernon Macklin, Curtis Kelly, and Justin Jackson all came and went, the playoff-chasing Magnolia now pin their hopes on the 6-foot-9 former Best Import.  And he delivered.  In his first game back, Chism put up 27 points to go with eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and two steals, leading the Hotshots to a 116-89 win over the Road Warriors.  Not bad for someone who's still adjusting to a new system.  For the 31-year old however, playing against his former mentor in Coach Yeng Guiao was the most enjoyable part of his return.  "It was a good game, I enjoyed myself out there today, especially against Coach Yeng and my former teammates." Chism said after the win.  Chism played with for NLEX in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.  "It's always feelings with Coach, I mean we've been together for a while and this is the first time I'm playing against him and against his team. It was very tough to start off, 'cause I know Coach know me and what my tendencies are, so I had to adjust real quick." Chism added. "Other than that, I'm very happy I played against him just to see how it is on the other side. It was fun, I really enjoyed it." It also took a while for Chism to adjust to playing against his former teammates, jokingly saying that he wanted to assist them, but obviously couldn't.  "Everybody misses each other, I missed 'em too, but playing against 'em, being on the opposite side, it was very challenging 'cause I wanted to pass 'em the ball, but I couldn't."  "Other than that, it was very good to be out there with them and share the game with them again." Chism added.  As far as the win, which was important for the Hotshots as they continue to push for a spot in the playoffs, Chism said that it was about building confidence, more than anything.  "It was very important, today's game, to get my teammates' confidence up, and show 'em that we can win games and we can get them back and get them more confidence and get them back on the winning track." Magnolia closes out the elimination round against defending champions San Miguel on Saturday, July 7th at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

Philippine basketball is something to love for new NLEX import

Coming off a semifinals finish in the last conference, NLEX only has two wins two show at the end of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Falling to red-hot Magnolia, 89-116, the Road Warriors suffered their worst loss since head coach Yeng Guiao took over two years ago. Along with that, the latest loss was an unfortunate debut for new import Olu Ashaolu. “We wanted to come here and get a W and finish the conference on a positive note. Unfortunately, we didn’t do that,” he told reporters post-game. The Canadian reinforcement was impressive in his first game with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Clearly, the Filipinos’ brand of basketball was just how he likes it. “I’ve been in Japan for the past four years and here, they let you play through contact. They kind of let you play over here which is more so suited for my kind of style,” he shared. He then continued, “I’ve had to adjust the last four years in Japan, but now, I can go back to playing the way I like to play.” However, he would only get to play that basketball again in the next conference tipping off a month from now. For now, Ashaolu will turn his attention to building better rapport with his new teammates. The good news is that he and NLEX will be competing in a pocket tournament in Macau. “I feel confident about this headstart for the next conference so we can start building as a team. I feel confident about that,” he remarked. --- Follow the writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

JRU’s coach Vergel admits: ‘Now, we’re rebuilding’

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 11-8 overall, third-seed after eliminations, lost in stepladder playoffs to San Sebastian YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: MJ Dela Virgen, Darius Estrella, Jed Mendoza WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Ry Dela Rosa, Andrei Dulalia, Agem Miranda GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Abdul Wahab Abdul Razak, Ervin Grospe, Gio Lasquety, Abdel Poutouochi, Teytey Teodoro WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM JRU? Truth be told, nobody knows anything at all about JRU. “Now, we’re rebuilding. Parang ang naiwan sa aking players, aapat lang from past season. I’m not expecting too much kasi bago nga yung team namin.” – head coach Vergel Meneses Longtime veterans Ervin Grospe and Gio Lasquety have graduated and NCAA 94 was supposed to be the Teytey Teodoro show. Only, Teodoro departed from Shaw Boulevard due to circumstances yet to be disclosed. Now, Jed Mendoza is the only known commodity for head coach Vergel Meneses and it’s high time for him to take the next step into becoming a go-to-guy. “Ang sabi ko sa kanya, let your teammates get involved. I’m not asking you to shoot every time or score 30 points. You need your teammates para ma-open yung floor for you.” – head coach Vergel Meneses But fear not, Heavy Bombers faithful, a ray hope may very well be found in Darius Estrella, a former NCAA Juniors MVP who was having flashes of brilliance before tearing his ACL a year ago. WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM JRU? Clearly, JRU’s one and only answer to this question is Mendoza who won the Most Improved Player last year and only looks to improve even more. Much also rests on the shoulders of Estrella who has no time to waste in getting back to his old self. Coach Vergel also has promising pieces coming in in the form of former University of the East do-it-all player Agem Miranda and double-double machine Andrei Dulalia as well as ex-San Beda HS’ solid contributor Ry Dela Rosa. For the first time in years, the Heavy Bombers won’t have a foreign student-athlete so expect the locals to go all-out and all-heart. “Ang sinasabi ko sa mga players ko, just keep working hard, just keep fighting. I’m not asking you for a win, na every game, kailangan tayong manalo. Ang hinahanap ko lang sa kanila at magtatrabaho sila every game.” – head coach Vergel Meneses WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR JRU? Coach Vergel Meneses is the longest-tenured head coach in the NCAA and he has made the Final Four in all but three of his eight years on the coaching chair. “We’ll be there every game, fighting. Yun lang ang masasabi ko. Sa nakikita ko, yung puso ng mga bata compared to last time, maganda.” – head coach Vergel Meneses If, somehow, some way, he gets the Heavy Bombers to the playoffs once more, could anybody even question his coaching credentials? WHERE WOULD JRU BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 94? Unfortunately, as much as everybody loves them some Vergel Meneses, he and his boys would be watching the Final Four at home or at school. As always, JRU could pull off upsets, but those would be few and far between. WHEN IS JRU’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 94? JRU’s first game in the season is a home game in their Shaw Boulevard campus. Visiting them there on July 12 will be Mapua. As always, all of the #GalingNCAA will be on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Chism set for Magnolia debut vs former coach Guiao, NLEX

Wayne Chism is Magnolia's latest import in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Chism, who has been tapped to replace Justin Jackson, is the Hotshots' fourth reinforcement this conference after Vernon Macklin, Curtis Kelly and Jackson. The 31-year-old Chism is also making his fourth stint in the PBA after suiting up for Rain or Shine twice in 2014 and 2015 and NLEX last year. The one-time Best Import surprised PBA fans at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night when he and Magnolia guard Paul Lee watched the game between the Elasto Painters and the Meralco Bolts won by the Painters in overtime. Though, Chism will be playing in a familiar league, it will be his first time being under a h...Keep on reading: Chism set for Magnolia debut vs former coach Guiao, NLEX.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

PBA: Fonacier out indefinitely with a collapsed lung

NLEX's woes continue. Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas are out for the season for different reasons and now, the Road Warriors are set to miss Larry Fonacier for the rest of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. In a report by Rappler, Fonacier is confined in the hospital for a fractured rib and a collapsed lung. The veteran guard sustained the injury after getting hit mid-air by Ginebra's Jervy Cruz in an NLEX loss last June 9 in Legazpi City Albay. Head coach Yeng Guiao confirmed the development and Larry is not dealing with anything serious. His recovery however, will require a significant amount of time, forcing him to miss the rest of the mid-season conference. The Road Warriors are currently in 11th place with a 2-7 record.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

Yeng Guiao sees mix of Jimwell Torion, Willie Miller in rookie Mac Tallo

MANILA, Philippines – Mac Tallo had an impressive debut for the NLEX Road Warriors for someone who just returned to basketball after a 6-month hiatus. The 25-year-old finished with 11 points on a 5-of-11 shooting to go with 3 assists, 3 steals and two blocks in nearly 20 minutes in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

PBA: At last, Alaska has broken the coach Yeng-NLEX curse

Alaska was winless against NLEX ever since Yeng Guiao has been sitting in the coach’s chair in 2016. That’s six straight games without a win spanning two seasons and seven conferences. That was until Friday at the MOA Arena. Behind Vic Manuel’s seventh straight 20-point game and Antonio Campbell’s red-hot shooting, the Aces finally downed the Guiao-coached Road Warriors, 120-111. It almost wasn’t meant to be, though, as Alaska found itself down by five early in the final frame before Campbell came up big. “We’re really fortunate to make plays in the end,” head coach Alex Compton expressed post-game. That the Aces, now winners of seven straight, were pushed to the limit by an NLEX side without both Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas was just another proof of Guiao’s coaching prowess. “Coach Yeng has six championships, he’s a great coach. You don’t know how relieved I am (with this win),” their always amiable mentor candidly said. Without a doubt, the conference has been kind to Compton and his wards – not only did their latest win get the coach Yeng-NLEX monkey off their back, it also kept them as frontrunners for a top two finish for the quarterfinals. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

PBA: Mac Tallo knows he’s no Kiefer or Kevin, but he vows to go all-out for NLEX

Not even a week after getting signed, Mac Tallo made an immediate impact for NLEX on Friday at the MOA Arena. Scoring 11 points and collecting three assists and steals apiece as well as two blocks, the Cebuano helped the Road Warriors put up a fight against red-hot Alaska. In the end, they fell, 111-120, but their newcomer’s contributions were much welcome especially as they no longer have both of Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas for the foreseeable future. Drafted in the first round by TNT in the 2017 Draft, he was left unsigned after the first conference before getting picked up by NLEX. And so, of course, the jitters were there for Tallo in his first game since last conference. “It’s my first actual game na five-on-five after six months. Kinakapa ko pa sarili ko so nagdasal ako,” he told reporters post-game. He then continued, “Pinakita ko lang kung anong kaya kong gawin. At the same time, follow lang (kung) ano sinasabi nila coach.” And obviously, in head coach Yeng Guiao’s system, good looks should never be turned down. “Yung mga teammates ko, I asked them for advice and sabi nila na kay coach Yeng, pag-open ka, itira mo talaga. Pag-open ka tapos ‘di mo ititira, papagalitan ka talaga,” he said. He then continued, “So mas better na ititira ko talaga kaya yung kumpyansa ko, tamang-tama talaga kay coach Yeng.” Indeed, the 10th overall pick tried his best to do just that, converting five of his 11 shots. Still, he said he can do much better – especially as he isn’t too far removed from the latent tuberculosis that kept him sidelined for the first half of the year. “Nakikita ko na kulang pa talaga ako kundisyon. Nagkasakit kasi ako kaya pina-bedrest ako for two months tapos pagbalik ko, parang ang taba ko,” he shared. He then continued, “I was 94 kg (then). Nag-lose ako (ng weight) and I’m now 85 kg, pero gusto ko pa na 80 kg ako.” Once Tallo gets to do just that, bigger things should be expected from him in the Road Warriors’ shorthanded backcourt. Don’t expect him to do Kiefer Ravena or Kevin Alas things, however. “Hindi naman ako Kiefer Ravena maglaro, ‘di naman ako Kevin Alas maglaro so I’m not really pressured,” he answered when asked about the shoes he has to fill. For now, the 25-year-old just wants to keep getting better and better. “Tuloy-tuloy lan sana yung laro ko. First game ko ngayon so yun lang muna iisipin ko, (to) be consistent every night,” he remarked. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

PBA: NLEX still clinging to flicker of hope remaining

With a 2-7 record, the NLEX Road Warriors' playoff hopes are getting slimmer by the minute. However, for coach Yeng Guiao, NLEX will still be trying to hold on to a 'flicker of hope remaining,' if they could win their remaining games against San Miguel and Magnolia, and hope for the best to force a tie at the bottom of the playoff picture. The 11th-seeded NLEX were able to make things interesting in the third quarter, taking a four-point lead briefly against the top-seeded Aces before collapsing in the final quarter. Even though they were not able to last against the Aces, Guiao commended his wards for making the game competitive up until the buzzer, a trait he wants to see the rest of the way. "If we're not lucky enough to make the playoffs this conference we’ll play as hard as we can the last two games and we’ll consider that as preparation for the  next conference...Baka may ano pa, baka-maka-tie ka pa. Meron ka pang playoffs ano? There's still a ficker of hope remaining, so we will hang to that." The six-time PBA champion coach was impressed with Mac Tallo's NLEX debut, who contributed 11 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 two blocks in his first game in six months, recovering from latent tuberculosis. He also let go of Tallo's blunders, who gave away the ball four times, but he vows to give a strong piece of his mind in the following games. "We have to demand something better out of his judgment, out of his decision-making, I think that will happen ano? Because MVP to sa Cebu, he's a go-to-guy, he can score, he can pass, he's a creator no for the team. And that's exactly what we need even without Kiefer and Kevin." As another project seen by the longtime coach, Guiao sees a combination of former Red Bull guard and Cebu teammate Jimwell Torion and the body structure of former league MVP Willie Miller. "He’s a strong point guard who can withstand a physical game," he said of the comparison for the first-round pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Despite trying to fill the shoes of the backcourt of Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas, the NLEX mentor is not putting expectations for Tallo, already entrusting him with almost 20 minutes of playing time. "Wala akong pressure sa kaniya. I just want his natural game to develop, I just want him to be able to grasp the system of the team and the philosophy. Kaya binabad ko na siya today." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

RR says low scores to favor hosts

RR Pogoy is counting on the Philippines keeping the scores low to pull off upsets against Brazil and Mongolia in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup at the Philippine Arena today. The host nation is ranked No. 19 among 20 teams in the men’s division......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Guiao: 18-month ban like killing Ravena s career

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao wasn't a fan of euphemisms when he described Kiefer Ravena's 18-month ban that Fiba imposed on the PBA rookie after testin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Without Ravena, Alas, Road Warriors fail to match KaTropa’s fire power

NLEX may just be one of the most unfortunate teams in the PBA Commissioner's Cup having to deal with the absence of its star backcourt in Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas. And that absence was felt in the Road Warriors' 117-106 loss to TNT Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao said they failed to match the firepower of the KaTropa, whose backcourt partnership of Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo could easily exceed that of the Road Warriors' Alas and Ravena. "We really lack the firepower and when you play against a team with a lot of offensive firepower like TNT that's the time you really miss Kiefer and Kevin," said Guiao in Filipino. Guiao, despite his tea...Keep on reading: Without Ravena, Alas, Road Warriors fail to match KaTropa’s fire power.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Guiao: 18-month ban like ‘killing’ Ravena’s career

NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao wasn't a fan of euphemisms when he described Kiefer Ravena's 18-month ban that Fiba imposed on the PBA rookie after testing positive for banned substances. "It's like they killed Kiefer's career," said Guiao in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena after NLEX' 117-106 loss to TNT in the PBA Commissioner's Cup. Under the Fiba's punishment, which was relayed to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Ravena is not allowed to participate in any basketball-related activity with NLEX and in the PBA. READ:NLEX stands by Kiefer Ravena amid doping ban Ravena tested positive for banned substances under the World Anti-Doping Agency's list found in a pre-workout ...Keep on reading: Guiao: 18-month ban like ‘killing’ Ravena’s career.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018