Beermen on guard

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq “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 STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City 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].” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ababa, Salvador joint leaders at Eagle Ridge 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 MOST READlast_img

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