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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

Elite vow to extend record run vs Warriors

Blackwater eyes win No. 5 as the Ever Bilena franchise seeks to sustain its breakthrough run against the NLEX squad that will be reunited with coach Yeng Guiao in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News8 hr. 9 min. ago

Elite seek No. 5

Yeng Guiao reunites with his NLEX crew after close to three months, and how Blackwater deals with the national coach's return will determine whether the Elite can extend a franchise-best conference start in the PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. But Guiao is the one who's worried. And he has all the reasons to be so. "I'm excited to get back to coaching NLEX, but the problem is, Blackwater is the hottest team right now," Guiao said after prepping his Road Warriors for the first time since taking on national duty. Unbeaten Blackwater has never had it this good and will be coming into the 4:30 p.m. contest as the solid pick to nail a fifth win using import ...Keep on reading: Elite seek No. 5.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News8 hr. 57 min. ago

GenSan, Basilan upset Bulacan, Manda in MPBL

It was a night of upsets in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta-Datu Cup last Tuesday as General Santos and Basilan, two teams from Mindanao, pulled off shocking victories over fancied rivals to boost their playoff aspirations. The Gen San Warriors overcame a sloppy first half with a more solid effort in the next 20 minutes to turn back the Bulacan Kuyas in a low-scoring game, 56-43, at the JRU Gym in Mandaluyong. Held to an all-time low 12 points at the half, the Warriors worked double time on the defensive end and limited the Kuyas to only 20 points in the second half. With their defense starting to work wonders, the Warriors then unloaded 24 more points than their rivals’ total second half production to pull off a come from behind victory.  It was the third straight win by Gen San which has now forged a four-way tie for the fourth to seventh spots along with Zamboanga, Bacoor, and Laguna in the Southern Division, all of them carrying 4-4 win-loss slates. Delmar Mahaling finished with 15 points while Marlon Basco chipped in 11 for the Warriors, who held the Kuyas to 43 points, the lowest produced by any team in a game. In playing their worst game ever, the Kuyas absorbed their third loss in nine games. Basilan completed the night of upsets with a stunning 70-68 against of Mandaluyong which lost a game playing in front of its hometown crowd for the first time in the tournament. The Steel came out to spoil the home party as Clark Bautista and Dexter Garcia combined forces in the fourth quarter. It was the fourth win in nine games for the Steel who also dealt the El Tigre their second loss in eight matches......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

PH overcomes empty arena

It took some fighting words from head coach Yeng Guiao at halftime before Team Pilipinas could overcome Qatar and the silence of an empty arena. Guiao said he had to call on his bench players and some members of his coaching staff to cheer those on the floor to pull off a huge second half […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Yeng ready for challenge

NO TURNING BACK There’s no money involved here Yeng Guiao announced that he’s more than ready to extend his coaching duties following a victorious performance against Qatar in the second round of the FIBA Asia World Cup Asian Qualifier late Monday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Guiao, the fiery NLEX mentor in the Philippine Basketball […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers: Alex Cabagnot ready to go for Gilas practice

At 35 years old, Alex Cabagnot is being called to the national team for the very first time.  Even so, the San Miguel sniper lit up like a young professional as he got the call from Commissioner Willie Marcial, officially including him in the pool that will be considered for the Philippine national men's basketball team that will play in the second window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Sept. 13 in Iran, and on the 17th here at home against Qatar. Even though he did not get a call from coach Yeng Guiao or the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Cabagnot is ready and very primed to go to practice on Monday. "Of course I'm going to practice. I'm so excited. I wish it were Monday already,"  Cabagnot, who had an all-around game of 23 points, six boards and nine asssists in their 125-112 win against Guiao's NLEX Road Warriors. Cabagnot also thanked Guiao for considering him to be in the pool, and was speechless when he heard the official word. "I'm excited and humbled at the same time. Just to have opportunity to be in the pool and serve my country and to help it any way possible." With no issues regarding his FIBA eligibility, it's a go for the sharpshooter.  __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

NLEX to welcome Yeng Guiao back with winning record

MANILA, Philippines – NLEX returned on the winning track with a 116-104 triumph over the reeling Columbian in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, August 29. Bringing back former import Aaron Fuller in lieu of the injured Olu Ashaolu, the Road Warriors notched their third ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

FIBA WC Asian Qualifiers: Guiao set to take over Gilas in second window

'Gilastopainters' head coach Yeng Guiao's duty with the national team will enjoy an extended stay as he is set to mentor the team at the continuation of the second window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The fiery Guiao, who is currently in Jakarta handling the affairs of the national squad, will now be in charge of handling a Gilas squad still reeling from the suspension of 10 players and head coach Chot Reyes, who was himself slapped with a one-game ban. Guiao, who currently coaches the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA, previously held the post in 2009, where he guided a Powerade Team Pilipinas squad to 8th place in the FIBA Asia Championships that year. According to SBP president Al Panlilio, Guiao will be handling the squad when they face Iran on Sept. 13 and a close-door home game against Qatar on Sept. 17. “We advised Coach Yeng last night, and he has of course accepted it para sa bansa,” Panlilio told Manila Bulletin's Waylon Galvez. “He’s committed to also coach the next window.” Reyes and the team were meted the punishments following the brawl against Australia last July 2 at the Philippine Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018

Defying doctors advice, Ashaolu helps NLEX stay unscathed

ANTIPOLO, Philippines – Even minus head coach Yeng Guiao, NLEX clinched its second win in as many outings in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. And it is largely thanks to import Olu Ashaolu, who is defying doctor's advice not to play. Revealed to have a 70% tear on his right patellar ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

PBA: Coach Yeng on NLEX s 2-0 start: 'Hanap na ako work dito sa Jakarta'

ANTIPOLO CITY --- NLEX is having a dream start in the 2018 Governors' Cup. Without Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, Asi Taulava, and head coach Yeng Guiao, the Road Warriors have two impressive wins in three days to start the season-ending joust, taking over first place with a 2-0 record. The team is doing well without several key pieces, with assistant coach Jojo Lastimosa doing a great job filling in for coach Yeng. After NLEX beat Northport Sunday, 123-107, Coach Jolas read a message from coach Yeng post-game and Guiao is now considering taking job offers in Indonesia. Guiao is currently in Jakarta leading Gilas Pilipinas' campaign in the 2018 Asian Games. The whole thing is a joke of course. "Congrats coach, nice job. Hanap na ako work dito sa Jakarta mukhang di ako kailangan diyan," coach Jolas said as he read coach Yeng's message on his phone. Despite the stellar start with him in charge, Lastimosa is quick to give credit to the entire NLEX coaching staff, adding that it's a complete team effort to keep the team afloat with Guiao out. "This is not my sole responsibility," he said. "I'm just here facing you guys but the other guys have been doing the heavy lifting. I'm just doing the subs and I have to aske them if it's okay if they say don't, then I won't put the guys in. A lot of preparation happens in practice and the other coaches are really, really working," Lastimosa added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

NLEX upends TNT to open PBA Govs Cup campaign

ANTIPOLO--NLEX played through without its fiery head coach Yeng Guiao and repulsed TNT, 103-90, to take an opening day victory in the PBA Governors' Cup Friday at Ynares Center here. Deputy Jo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 18th, 2018

Guiao-less NLEX destroys TNT behind Ashaolu

ANTIPOLO, Philippines – Even minus head coach Yeng Guiao, NLEX proved it can handle business on its own.  The new-look Road Warriors opened their 2018 PBA Governors' Cup campaign on the right track by toppling sister team TNT KaTropa, 103-90, here at the Ynares Center on Friday, August 17.  Import Olu ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

NLEX upends TNT to open PBA Govs’ Cup campaign

ANTIPOLO---NLEX played through without its fiery head coach Yeng Guiao and repulsed TNT, 103-90, to take an opening day victory in the PBA Governors' Cup Friday at Ynares Center here. Deputy Jojo Lastimosa mentored the Road Warriors with Guiao leading the Philippine basketball team in the ongoing Asian Games Oluseyi Ashaolu, who was nursing a sore right knee due to a partially torn patellar tendon, still had a monster debut, unleashing 33 points, 23 rebounds and three assists for NLEX. NLEX, although in control for most of the game, waited until the fourth quarter to create a big enough lead between itself and the KaTropa. The Road Warriors entered the final frame with a ...Keep on reading: NLEX upends TNT to open PBA Govs’ Cup campaign.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

PBA: Meralco starts revenge tour 2.0

Meralco revenge tour 2.0 will kick off Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. Losers of the last two Finals, the Bolts hope third time is the charm and their latest run will start with a showdown against Columbian to kick off the 2018 Governors' Cup. Reigning two-time Best Import Allen Durham is back to once again reinforce Meralco while Columbian will have Akeen Wright as import. Tip off will be at 4:30 p.m. In the second game at 7:00 p.m., sister teams NLEX and TNT will dispute their first win of the season-ending joust. The Road Warriors will be without head coach Yeng Guiao who is at the Asian Games handling Gilas Pilipinas.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018