NLEX vs Phoenix | January 7, 2018 | PBA Livestream – 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup
The NLEX Road Warriors is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters at 4:30 P.M. on January 8, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Road Warriors are looking to continue its great start in the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup and extend its winning streak to three while the Fuel Masters are seeking for a back-to-back wins.
Similar to what they did last 2017 PBA Governor’s Cup, coach Yeng Guiao and his troops turned the heads of many basketball fans especially their opponents in the PBA. With the combination of youth and veterans, NLEX is beginning to become one of the serious contenders of the All-Filipino Cup.
“We are entering a crucial stage in our quest to define ourselves as contenders,” said the seven-time champion coach on the eve of the match. “Teams are preparing harder for us so we must prepare as hard against them,” Guiao added.
The addition of Kiefer Ravena to the Road Warriors roster is big and he’s one of the reasons why the team enjoying a 2-0 standings. Ravena was the first player of the PBA season 43 to win the Player of the Week award.
A demolishing 23-point lead, that’s how Phoenix crushed the Kia Picanto in their last outing. A balanced scoring where eight Fuel Master players contributed in double figures.
Coach Louie Alas is aware that both his squad and NLEX have a similar offensive play and this is one of the main issues he will address in their curtain-opener battle.
“Kung ano sistema namin offensively almost the same ng NLEX, run-and-gun. So we just have to play much tougher defense against NLEX,” said Alas.