For the first time, the NLEX Road Warriors will go to the semis since 2014 after sweeping the Alaska Aces in the best of 3 quarterfinals.
Road Warriors' performance as of now shocked most as this squad's not known to reach as far as they've gone now but guess what here they are in the semis, getting ready to face the Magnolia Hotshots while in the other end, the stage is also set as the Gin Kings would try to dethrone the defending SMB.
Of course it wasn't just magic. There's a reason that NLEX were suddenly capable of propeling up high to be part of this cup's top 4 standing teams.
Let us have a focus on what made the difference for NLEX, coach Yeng Guiao.
What's with Yeng Guiao's coaching ability? Or is it just a coincident chemistry being bonded within the NLEX squad?
Coach Yeng's been successful with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters but why? His skill is to coach a young team and ROS have a lot of youth in its roster.
Now, do we see this at NLEX?
Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas -- two young key players being coached by a fresh leg specialist coach Yeng. This is the reason behind NLEX's achieving milestones this season. Ravena and Alas are no ordinary young players, they already established their names at their early PBA years and even before they entered the league.
Coach Yeng found his new young squad to mold -- the NLEX Road Warriors and who knows? This season may be the time for them to bring home a title and shock the whole league. They may end the fuss on Ginebra or SMB dynasty if out of nowhere they outwit these powerhouse teams and take the championships themselves.
Kiefer and Alas, at their young age could still not be at their full form but teams like SMB and Ginebra already have the veteran key players which would stay as is through time. Who knows? Coach Yeng might let the NLEX team grow gradually and perhaps they may be one of the league's powerhouses.