Guiao, NLEX send Blackwater run to end of the road

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tacloban wipes out Iriga Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? PBA IMAGESYeng Guiao returned to NLEX for the first time in close to three months and aside from making the Road Warriors look like legitimate threats in the PBA Governors’ Cup, his coaching snapped the tournament’s longest winning streak and sent Blackwater crashing back down to Mother Earth.With Larry Fonacier shooting the lights out from afar in the second half and the Road Warriors playing defense like there was no tomorrow, NLEX tore Blackwater to shreds Wednesday night, 124-106, to stay in the upper half of the elimination round standings at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal NLEX also connected on 20 triples—six of them by Fonacier. That mark was the best by the franchise and equaled the eighth-highest output all-time.Fonacier hit 6-of-7 tries from beyond the arc in the second half and triggered the NLEX breakaway as the Road Warriors led by as many as 24 points to gather the momentum they  need going into a tough match with Barangay Ginebra next Friday.“This is a big game because we want to stay in the top four,” Guiao said after his charges rose to 4-2 overall. “And this gives us confidence because we play Ginebra next. You need all the confidence you can get when you play Ginebra [next].”Import Aaron Fuller also scored 24 and had 20 rebounds and four assists, with Kenneth Ighalo, starting at one of the guard spots, shooting 18.Walker was held down to just 16 as Roi Sumang scored 24 to lead Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The win also sent the Elite to their first loss in five games, snapping the franchise’s best-ever conference start and knocking them out of the lead, which idle Phoenix Petroleum now holds.“I was excited to coach, to get the feel of the PBA again,” said a smiling Guiao, who left the team for a spell to call the shots for the Philippine team in two international tournaments. “Madami akong natutunan (I learned a lot coaching internationally) and you want to apply what you learned.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“And it seemed to work,” he said.Guiao’s game plan for the Elite was to make Blackwater import Henry Walker work for his points and take out the local support. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img

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