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Guiao in awe of Road Warriors’ spirit after 26-point comeback win vs Magnolia

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Coach Yeng Guiao marvelled with his boys heart after the NLEX Road Warriors climbed back from a 26-point lead to shock the Magnolia Hotshot in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.

Thanks to Jericho Cruz’ follow-up with exactly a second left to play, the Road Warriors stunned the Hotshots, 86-85, finishing a comeback for the ages.

With the win, NLEX improved to 8-1 and booked the coveted twice-to-beat advantage for the quarterfinals.

This is the second time in this season-ending tilt that NLEX has clawed its way back from a deep hole. The first time was against Barangay Ginebra last October 5 in Dubai, where it rallied from 28 down for a 113-111 overtime win.

The outspoken mentor even likened his squad to a car made up of second-hand materials, but is running just fine.

“Puro surplus lang itong mga piyesa natin dito e. So at least ‘yung makina namin gumagana naman. Puro reject at surplus pero ‘yung puso nila, brand new,” expresses Guiao, who’s been coaching in the PBA since 1990.

“Actually pagdating sa talent ‘di naman kami most talented team ngayon. Kiefer [Ravena] is practically a rookie. Rookie year niya ‘di siya nakapaglaro. Naputol. Jericho tinapon lang ng Talk N Text ‘yan. Si JR [Quiñahan] tinapon din yata ng NorthPort ‘yan … Sina Philip [Paniamogan], sina Bong Galanza, mga reject lang ng PBA ‘yan, pero nagpapakita sila. Si [Kenneth] Ighalo nga nung nag-trade kami, isinama lang si Ighalo sa amin — parang lollipop lang siya na isinama. Libre. Si Mike Miranda nga reject lang ng Talk N Text yan e.

“So siyempre matutuwa ka bilang coach. Mga piyesa mo surplus pero ‘yung sasakyan mo tumatakbo ng maayos,” he expressed.