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

Yeng Guiao: Major revamp coming for NLEX

MANILA, Philippines –  After NLEX closed out the 2018 PBA season with two blowout losses, head coach Yeng Guiao hints of a "major revamp" for the 2019 PBA season.  "Last two games were really disappointing and I felt that more than disappointing, they’re embarrassing," admitted Guiao after absorbing a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

Hotshots, Kings eye semis seats

Barangay Ginebra team steps up its PBA Governors' Cup three-peat drive as the Gin Kings clash with the NLEX Road Warriors in the quarterfinals at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday. The top-seeded Kings are the heavy favorites in their 7 p.m. clash with their formidable star-studded roster ranged against the eight-seeded Road Warriors. "The real hard work starts," said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. "We know there's no easy way in the playoffs. It's all hard work and it's always a tough route no matter who you're playing." The two-time Grand Slam coach said NLEX is a tough rival because of coach Yeng Guiao. "I think we, coaches, try to avoid certain coaches in the playoffs. And certa...Keep on reading: Hotshots, Kings eye semis seats.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

PBA: NLEX frustrates Alaska in OT to keep playoff bid alive

ANTIPOLO---NLEX snapped out of a three-game skid in style on Friday night, rallying from 10 points down in the fourth period to clip Alaska in overtime, 116-110, and stay in the hunt for a playoff berth in the PBA Governors' Cup at Ynares Center here. Aaron Fuller had 42 points and 21 rebounds and was big late in the regulation, and JR Quinahan hit 10 of his 15 points in the extra period as the Road Warriors improved to 5-5 overall and stalled the Aces' march for a top four finish. "He carried us on his shoulders tonight," coach Yeng Guiao said of Fuller, who forged the extension with a short stab with a fraction over two seconds left at 99-all. It was a disappointing way ...Keep on reading: PBA: NLEX frustrates Alaska in OT to keep playoff bid alive.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

Scolded by Guiao for miscue, Quiñahan takes over in NLEX s OT win

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – JR Quiñahan rescued NLEX in a 116-110 overtime win over Alaska in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, but not without getting a good old scolding from head coach Yeng Guiao. Berated by the fiery mentor for a turnover that nearly cost the Road Warriors the victory in regulation, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

PBA: Chris Tiu records career-high once again in a Wednesday game at the Cuneta Astrodome

A week after setting a career-high 23 points last Oct. 17 at the Cuneta Astrodome, Chris Tiu once again exceeded his threshold for point production on Wednesday. The Rain or Shine point guard fired for 24 points on 8 for 16 shooting, including a hot shooting display in the second quarter, where he got 11 markers. His team however did not pull away with the victory, as their playoff chances got slimmer after slumping to a 2-7 record. Tiu was hit with a bittersweet moment, but more on the negative side, since the Elasto Painters were not able to carve out a much-needed win against Phoenix. Instead, their post-season berth will not lie in their own hands and instead will rely on the MVP trio of NLEX, TNT and Meralco's performances down the stretch.  "At least I know, I put out the effort and did what I could. Kinapos lang talaga. Wala, ganoon talaga ang basketball eh," the 33-year old said. When asked if the rims of the Astrodome were to his liking, the former Blue Eagle dismissed it as the ball bouncing his way. Playing at an age when many others' basketball careers begin to decline, Tiu stressed the importance of taking care of his body since he still has other committments off the court, which he needs to fulfill. The guard also knows that some of the younger players need to step up eventually in the veteran-laden squad, and knows it is his duty to be a mentor. "[The younger players have] shown a lot of promise and potential this conference despite the standing of our team. I guess, as one of the veterans of the team, I hope I can impart something to them para next time sila naman," Tiu said happily.  Leading by 16 in the third, 71-55, ROS could not sustain their momentum as the Fuel Masters zoomed in the payoff period to wrest away the win. Without the interior presence of prized big men Beau Belga (injury) and Raymond Almazan (team suspension), the team gave away too many rebounds against their liking, as their opponents emerged with 20 more boards. And just like the previous games, their fluid offense seemed to have dried out too early which eventually led to another disappointing L. "We controlled pretty much throughout the game and also some timely turnovers led to transition points that really hurt us. They made shot when it mattered and we couldn't score." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

Hot-shooting Banchero claims PBA Player of the Week award

Chris Banchero’s scintillating performance in Alaska’s last two games earned him the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of Oct. 15-21 in the 2018 Governors’ Cup. The stocky Alaska guard stood at the forefront of the Aces’ surge to register back-to-back wins, grabbing a piece of the lead in the team standings with Ginebra and Magnolia, while closing in for twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs. The 29-year-old Banchero averaged 19 points, 7 assists and 5.5 rebounds this past week, leading Alaska to victories over Columbian, 104-94 and Blackwater, 116-109 as the Aces forged a three-way tie at the top spot with similar 7-2 records. Alaska’s fifth overall pick in the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft registered a near triple-double effort of 10 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to serve as a catalyst in their 10-point win over the Dyip. Then last Sunday, Banchero, the third conference’s assist leader, went beast mode on offense, firing a new PBA career-high 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the floor to help Alaska outlast Blackwater. The Fil-Italian guard edged Meralco Fil-American players Cliff Hodge and Chris Newsome, as well as San Miguel stalwart Chris Ross and rookie Christian Standhardinger for the weekky citation. Alaska looks to make a strong finish in the elims and formalize its top 4 finish when it faces NLEX this Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo, before taking on NorthPort next Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018

Poor guard play highlights absence of Ravena, Alas in NLEX’s ‘bad loss’ to Meralco

NLEX coach Yeng Guiao felt his team committed one too many mistakes down the stretch in a crucial loss to Meralco, a game the Road Warriors initially had in their fingertips but let slip away. NLEX blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter after Meralco fought back and pounced on the error-prone Road Warriors behind Allen Durham and Baser Amer. "It's really frustrating. It's a bad loss. It's not that they won the game but we lost it," Guiao told reporters after a 108-105 defeat on Sunday. READ: Durham, Amer rally Meralco past NLEX "Just too many turnovers in a short period of time especially happening in the endgame. Turnovers and I felt the bad calls conspired to turn a win into ...Keep on reading: Poor guard play highlights absence of Ravena, Alas in NLEX’s ‘bad loss’ to Meralco.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

PBA: So where in the world is Raymond Almazan?

The Raymond Almazan saga continues. The Rain or Shine center has been MIA for the Elasto Painters since last week. Initial word was he had to deal with a family emergency, causing him to miss the team's loss to Alaska. Almazan was still nowhere to be found in Rain or Shine's loss to Blackwater last Sunday and he was officially declared MIA by head coach Caloy Garcia. Three days later, there's still no word on Almazan. Even NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao, who used to coach Almazan in Rain or Shine and acts as a godfather to the former Letran Knight, has no idea where Raymond is. "Asawa niya nga hindi alam eh, alangan naman ako maka-alam noon," Guiao said. "I did not make any attempt to reach out to him. I actually talked to coach Caloy [Garcia], kinamusta ko lang. Sabi naman ni coach Caloy, subukan nilang ayusin, subukan nilang kausapin but sila rin, wala pang contact. That's all I can say about the situation," he added. Veteran sports agent Danny Espiritu, who represents Almazan, also has nothing on where Raymond is. Espiritu says his last contact with Almazan was two days ago via text. "Two days agin nung nag-text siya sakin. Wala pa akong update sa kanya. Sabi niya sakin, antayin ko lang daw, inaayos pa raw niya yung problema niya. Matatapos din daw. Pero di ko alam nasaan siya, di niya sinabi sakin," he said. "Nakausap ko naman yung misis niya, sabi nung misis niya wala naman daw siyang problema. Eh di ko lang alam kung ano… eh dalawa yung pamilya niya, di ba? Doon sa mother side niya, yung mga kapatid niya roon, yung mother niya, ganyan. [Tapos] yung pamilya niya naman doon sa asawa. So di ko alam kung may problema doon [mother side], pero yung misis niya, sabi ng misis niya sakin, wala naman daw problema," Espiritu added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Kings battle Warriors with Japeth Aguilar, Art dela Cruz in tow

After two anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgeries, Art dela Cruz will finally be back in the PBA klieg lights, reactivated by Barangay Ginebra for its last five games in the PBA Governors Cup elims starting against NLEX tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

Guiao, NLEX send Blackwater run to end of the road

PBA IMAGES Yeng Guiao returned to NLEX for the first time in close to three months and aside from making the Road Warriors look like legitimate threats in the PBA Governors' Cup, his coaching.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

Red-hot NLEX deals Blackwater its first loss in Guiao s return

NLEX welcomed its head coach Yeng Guiao back with a 124-106 drubbing of Blackwater in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

Returning Guiao gets perfect gift as NLEX deals Blackwater first loss

MANILA, Philippines – In Yeng Guiao's return to the PBA sidelines, his NLEX Road Warriors went full blast.  The Road Warriors gifted their firebrand mentor by dealing Blackwater Elite their first loss in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup following a 124-106 triumph at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, September 26.  NLEX, which ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

Guiao comes back, Fonacier returns to form in NLEX win

The return of Yeng Guiao gave NLEX a shot in the arm and old reliable Larry Fonacier made sure the Road Warriors welcomed their head coach back in the best possible way. Guiao called the shots for the Road Warriors for the first time in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup after missing five games due to his coaching duties with the Philippine team in the Asian Games and Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. "I guess we missed coach Yeng," said Fonacier. The rest of the Road Warriors could say the same for Fonacier, who delivered a throwback performance on Wednesday. The 36-year-old swingman caught fire from long range just like old times when he was still playing his best basketball as a member...Keep on reading: Guiao comes back, Fonacier returns to form in NLEX win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

Taulava, Guiao ecstatic for NLEX return

NLEX’s ageless glue guy and ringmaster are back from their national team duties, and both couldn’t wait to pick up where they left off with the Road Warriors......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018