As NLEX rookie guard Garvo Lanete continues to make splash in their recent success, import Henry Walker is one big brother proud of giving him the confidence to shoot the lights out.
Delivering the dagger threes in their previous game against Rain or Shine, Lanete fired five triples to help Road Warriors power past GlobalPort, 114-98 on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The former San Beda standout waxed hot in the second quarter before continuing his good shooting night at crunchtime as he went on to clinch a new career-high of 25 markers, much to Walker’s delight.
“He’s a talented guy and I had to tell him that you got to stop being shy, you can’t be afraid to go out there and be the best player you can be,” said Walker of Lanete.
“(I told him) ‘go out there and play with some heart, have some confidence, knowing that you put the work in every day and go out there and show it’,” he continued.
Walker, who poured game-high 35 points, recognized the ease of having the rookie and his new-found confidence that unloads some of his offensive burden.
“He helps me so much because I’m able to attack and go to him and I know he’s going to make the right plays whether it’s driving or hitting the big shot,” shared the ex-New York Knick.
But Walker is quick to recognize that despite Lanete’s resurgence, the Road Warriors will still need to get past the eliminations on a high note.
“We need one more win and we haven’t done that yet,” he said. – By Jason Mercene
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