The NLEX Road Warriors is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the GlobalPort Batang Pier at 7:00 P.M. on May 16, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Road Warriors are no longer win-less and looking for more when they resumed their 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign tonight while the Batang Pier are looking for a quick bounce back after losing a game in Pampanga last week.
After absorbing three straight losses, NLEX needed an extra period against the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters to secure its victory this conference.
Thanks to the three-point barrage of Alex Mallari and Larry Fonacier in the overtime plus the effort of their import, Arnett Moultrie who teased a triple-double performance by logging 37 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists.
NLEX will ride to that momentum as they face-off with GlobalPort this evening.
“We are encouraged by our last win. The atmosphere in practice is a lot more relaxed than the last few days. Our import is getting more comfortable with the local conditions. Overall, we feel a lot better with our game,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao.
Guiao is expecting another explosive game coming from his former player Sean Anthony and Stanley Pringle. He hopes that his wards will play consistent defense to make sure that their current spot in the standings will go up.
“GlobalPort is a lot more potent offensively with (Sean) Anthony and (Stanley) Pringle leading the local charge and complimented well by their import. If our defense holds up without too many lapses, we can probably win another game,” said Guiao.
GlobalPort has no answer to the choking defense thrown by the Magnolia Hotshots to them during their clash in San Anglese, Pampanga. Coach Pido Jarencio’s squad only scored two points in the last four minutes of action. Apart from that, they weren’t able to stop Ian Sangalang operating inside the paint as they look on their winning chances fading away.
Batang Pier’s bench needs to contribute in scoring, they got outscored by Magnolia in their last timeout 42-20. Likewise they also need to limit their turnovers as they turned the ball over 23 times while their opponent only has 10.