The NLEX Road Warriors is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Columbian Dyip at 4:30 P.M. on October 16, 2019 live from the Ynares Center-Antipolo in the City of Antipolo.
The Road Warriors wanted to make another winning streak after they experienced a bump in Dubai while the Dyip will try to make back-to-back wins when the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup continues in Antipolo this afternoon.
Despite helping NLEX to log an impressive 4-1 start this season-ending tourney, yet, coach Yeng Guiao and the Road Warriors franchise have decided to ship back Olu Ashaolu.
The reason, Manny Harris went available and coach Guiao tells that it was too hard to pass up such kind of player.
With Harris in the Road Warriors, they can match-up high scoring imports like TNT KaTropa’s KJ McDaniels, San Miguel Beermen’s Dez Wells, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s Justin Brownlee.
“We thank Olu for helping us get to where we are, for the strong start of this conference. But the opportunity to have Manny Harris opened up for us and we had to make the difficult decision to grab the chance to realize a long-standing desire to have Manny play for the Road Warriors,” said Guiao.
For Columbian on the other hand, head coach Johnedel Cardel will try to exploit the weakness he saw with the arrival of new NLEX import.
Still, he needs to design a strategy on how to contain their opponent’s locals particularly Kiefer Ravena who is fresh from being named as Best Player of the Week.
“Siyempre, bago at hindi pa sanay dito sa PBA style of play kaya p’wedeng maging disadvantage sa kanila iyon,” Cardel said.
“Pero meron pa rin silang Kiefer (Ravena) and the other guards kaya we have to do a good job of defending their backcourt like what we did against Blackwater para mas gumanda chances naming manalo,” added Cardel.