Beermen on guard

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “Even if we are facing a powerhouse, this is the game where we hope to bounce back,” NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said over the phone after getting his Road Warriors ready for their 7 p.m. clash with the Beermen at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay on Friday. “We corrected our mistakes in the past practices, and I think my players responded.”The Beermen are the only unbeaten team left in the field, but coach Leo Austria is wary of the enemy’s capabilities in their search for win No. 4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We know that NLEX will come out hard, coming off two straight losses,” Austria explained also after practice, where he emphasized the need to stay focused. “We prepare hard for every team, because we know every team out there wants to take us down.”Both coaches agreed on one thing, though: NLEX rookie Kiefer Ravena will come into the contest fresh from upping the yardstick that all tyros will be measured with this season. Guiao, however, is asking something different from his team.“They (Road Warriors) cannot just watch him,” Guiao said after Ravena carried NLEX on his shoulders on the way to 31 points even if Magnolia’s defenses were trained on him all game last week. “The kid’s really good but you don’t want your entire campaign hinging on a rookie.“We simply cannot be over-reliant on Kiefer and cannot depend on one player to carry us through, that’s not our style.”Austria said he was in awe seeing Ravena do damage on the star-studded Hotshots. His entire team also saw all of this, and it brings him some sort of confidence.“They feel challenged,” Austria said, when asked on whom he will throw at Ravena. “They all feel that he is not a rookie. Ravena is playing like a superstar veteran at this point and that has challenged my players.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Guiao, meanwhile, is particularly concerned on stopping one man at San Miguel and correcting a worrying statistic.“We have been outrebounded in our last two games. This game is urgent because of June Mar (Fajardo) and I emphasized that to the team,” Guiao said. “We practiced hard to reestablish our boxing-out instincts, our rebounding instincts. We hope to bring that back.”“Yes, June Mar will be their problem,” Austria conceded, with no one man in the league able to stop his 6-foot-10 cornerstone. “But the entire team is always ready to step up, that’s the beauty of [this] San Miguel [team].”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Ababa, Salvador joint leaders at Eagle Ridge OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiefer Ravena’s current run of superb form is serving as a challenge to San Miguel Beer’s guards. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer is flaunting the kind of game fitting for a pretournament favorite seeking to rewrite PBA history by winning a fourth straight Philippine Cup crown.In contrast, another fancied side, NLEX, is having all sorts of problems—the Road Warriors just don’t have time to dwell on them.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreaklast_img

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