NLEX has the advantage in a longer series because of deeper rotation, says Yeng Guiao

NLEX is looking to extend its semifinal series with Brgy. Ginebra to a winner-take-all Game 5 on April 1.

The Road Warriors took down the defending champions in the previous game thanks to the heroics of import Cameron Clark who intercepted a lazy pass by LA Tenorio to Justin Brownlee and then completed a three-point play off the prolific Gin Kings reinforcement to break an 83-all deadlock and give his team a 3-point advantage with time down to 7.3 seconds.

Luckily for the MVP-owned franchise, the 37-year old Tenorio went for a layup instead of a triple to seal the fate of the crowd darlings.

While the Road Warriors were able to cut the series deficit to 1-2, head coach Yeng Guiao believes that the Gin Kings are still the favorites to advance into the next round. The Game 3 win, however, proved that they also have what it takes to win the series.

“Isang panalo, hindi na tayo masyadong nakakahiya. Pero sabi ko rin, kapag nanalo tayo, baka mag-iba ang complexion ng series, magka-chance uli tayo. They proved that we can beat Ginebra,” said Guiao.

“That’s all we did. All we did is to avoid the embarrassment of the sweep. Lamang pa rin sila. Next game, of course, if they win, they are in the finals. We will try to prolong the series. The longer the series, the better for us,” he added.

One thing going for NLEX as it attempts to take the series to the limit is that its players are better rested due to a deeper rotation.

“Their key players are playing heavy minutes. They average 40 minutes a game. Kami mas malalim rotation namin. We can last a longer series. The longer the series takes, the better it is for us,” explained Guiao.

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