Despite current skid, Guiao excited over promise of guard-heavy future

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Guiao got reunited with his former gunner Jericho Cruz, who really hit his stride under the fiery mentor when they were together at Rain or Shine. And as Cruz slowly fits into the Road Warriors’ rotation, he gets enough time to absorb the system while waiting for Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas to join the team.“Jericho, I think, added a new dimension to our team. He’s aggressive, he knows my system, he knows what I like, he can play both ends. He can score, he can defend,” said Guiao Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I think he would be a good addition, especially if we already have Kiefer and Kevin. We’re excited.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MANILA, Philippines—NLEX is fast becoming roadkill in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, crashing to a 0-6 slate after its 98-88 loss to Magnolia, but head coach Yeng Guiao isn’t losing hope, not with a lot of promise showing in his backcourt. ADVERTISEMENT Cruz, the ninth overall pick of the 2014 Draft, averaged 12.5 points on 49.3 percent shooting during the 2015-16 season while playing under Guiao and the partnership resulted in the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup. “I feel whatever happens, we should be playing better in the third conference if Kiefer, Kevin and Jericho are all together,” said Guiao whose team has to go a perfect 5-0 in its final games of the elimination to make the playoffs. “If we get our vacation earlier than expected we can also bring in the imports earlier for the preparation. That’s our plan B. Plan A is to win as many as we can and see where that takes us.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ravena, who Fiba suspended for 18 months for violating anti-doping regulations, was off to a great rookie year in the 2018 Philippine Cup putting up 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists per game as he teamed up with Alas, who suffered three anterior cruciate ligament tears, and was equally impressive in the same conference with solid numbers of 11.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, and 2.5 apg. Both Ravena and Alas are on their way back to the league and Guiao expects Cruz, the 2016 Most Improved Player, to turn the fantastic duo into a deadly trio.  Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Magnolia nails breakthrough winlast_img

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