From the looks of it, NLEX head coach Boyet Fernandez is looking to emphasize endgame execution on his wards over opting to replace imports after absorbing 3 straight setbacks heading to the All-Star break.
“We just have to know how to win at the end game,” said Fernandez, after NLEX collapsed in the dying minutes to surrender a 101-95 defeat at the hands of TNT Katropa on Wednesday at the Big Dome.
“If we can grind this out and win the next game, it will change our situation,” he added,
High-scoring import Henry Walker willed his way to 26 points but the Road Warriors still could not shrug off their endgame misfortunes this conference. NLEX saw their 6-point 3rd quarter lead vanished in thin air when TNT’s Jayson Castro started to wax hot at crunchtime.
“There’s always been (an) option but again I have no inclination in replacing them,” said Fernandez on the possibility to release Walker and Asian reinforcement Rodrigue Akl.
Fernandez said all their 3 losses were just a product of their inability to shift the gear higher when it mattered the most, as their defeats to San Miguel and Ginebra were all decided in the final quarter.
“Kung makaka-stay kami with TNT in that way, we take it as a positive na kaya pa rin namin mag-stay kahit anong team pa,” he believes.
NLEX will try to get back on the winning track after the All-Star weekend when they take on struggling Star Hotshots, who own an identical record of 1-3, on August 12 after the All-Star break. – By Jason Mercene
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