The NLEX Road Warriors will try to take advantage the limited manpower of the defending champion Barangay Ginebra San Miguel at 7:00 PM at the Big Dome.
Gin Kings forward Joe Devance helped the team to gain to win two games in a row will be back in the team’s injured list while Japeth Aguilar will return to action tonight.
“Injuries continue to hound us with Joe Devance now out for the next three to four weeks,” rued Ginebra coach Tim Cone.
Yet, instead the team will get buried deep in the standings, Barangay Ginebra proves why they’re the reigning Kings of the third conference as they’re currently sits at the very top with 5-1 slate.
Team NSD is currently the number one position with the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok followed by the Blackwater Elite then the surprising NLEX Road Warriors.
“NLEX has been very good and efficient offensively, and we’ll have to figure a way to defend them,” said Cone of the start of their back-to-back games this weekend.
The success of coach Tim Cone and his entire Gin Kings didn’t pass from the watchful eyes of Gilas Pilipinas and NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.
“At a time when GSM seems most vulnerable because of injuries, they keep playing their best basketball. Their guys have been stepping up big time,” said Guiao.
“We know they defend the lane better than any team. We have to make shots like we did against Blackwater in order to open up some space for our bigs,” Guiao added.
Although his team wanted to take advantage of the undermanned Ginebra, coach Yeng Guiao knows that anytime there will be another player from Gin Kings will breakout just like what happened to Aljon Mariano in their last game against San Miguel Beermen then Scottie Thompson in their out-of-town game versus the Phoenix Fuel Masters.
“(Justin) Brownlee does not have a weakness in his game so all we can do is work hard and pray. LA (Tenorio) and Scottie (Thompson) will be added headaches for us,” Guiao said.