The NLEX Road Warriors is scheduled for a do-or-die Game 2 Quarterfinals match against the NorthPort Batang Pier at 7:00 P.M. on November 27, 2019 live from Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
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The Batang Pier were successful in pushing their series to a sudden death match last Monday. The Road Warriors for sure don’t want to make the same mistake and avoid throwing their quarterfinals advantage as they aim to return to contention when the 2019 PBA Quarterfinals resumes this evening at the Big Dome.
No celebration yet, that was the message of NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio to his wards as they entered their last quarterfinals battle.
He also reminded the real aim of the squad and that is to reach the second round of the playoffs.
“Nothing to celebrate yet. That was just the first half, we still have to play the other half on Wednesday. Our team’s goal is to be in the semifinals,” said Jarencio.
Christian Standhardinger and Michael Qualls are expected that their collaboration continues as well as to ignite NorthPort energy early in the game.
Standhardinger and Qualls had a combined 63 points and 29 rebounds enough to deflate the motivation of the opposing team to make a comeback.
For NLEX, coach Yeng Guiao will miss the services of JP Erram and Paul Varilla after they got slapped a one-game suspension by the PBA Commissioner’s office.
The Road Warriors duo was part of the scuffle that took place in Game 1.
Coach Guiao will utilize his remaining players and he wanted the entire squad to be more mature and stick to their game plan.
“Maybe it’s also the frustrations setting in because when we trail by a big margin early, we get frustrated and get off our usual game, our game plan. It’s still a maturity problem we need to be a little bit more mature in the big games, the important games and control our frustrations and get back to what we usually do,” Guiao said.