With the way Blackwater converted its three-point shots Friday night, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao likened the Elite to the dreaded Koreans, who just last Wednesday pulverized Gilas in their FIBA Asia Cup quarterfinals with outside shooting.
The Elite finished the game with a franchise record 17 three-point shots, just one more than what the Koreans made in their 118-86 drubbing of Gilas.
With import Henry Walker and guards Roi Sumang and Mike DiGregorio knocking down their three-pointers even with the defense all over them, Guiao likened the three to Korean shooters in their PBA game.
“It’s not that we gave away a game. But it’s because another team was playing better. Kumbaga, they made 17 three-point shots. Eh parang kalaban mo Korea kanina eh,” Guiao said after NLEX suffered a narrow 107-106 defeat to Blackwater.
The 6-4 Walker got his usual scoring of 29 points, though it was Sumang who hurt NLEX the most.
The 26-year-old Sumang finished the game with a PBA career-best 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the floor. He had five three-pointers, added two steals and even made a big block over Alex Mallari late in the game.
In the end, aside from failing to stop Sumang from taking over, the fiery NLEX mentor said the team practically shot itself on its foot after turning the ball over 23 times.
“The only thing I can look at and say it could have been a factor was the turnovers. We had a lot of turnovers and gave up a lot of turnover points,” lamented Guiao.
The Road Warriors had a total of 23 turnovers in the game with import Aaron Fuller accounting for 6, while Kevin Alas had 4.
Guiao though remains confident that the team is still well within its goal of making the quarterfinals with four games to go and NLEX holding a 5-2 card.
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