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Road Warriors face SMB in Dubai

Six teams plunge into action as the league holds three games locally and internationally at the resumption of the 2019 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.

Road Warriors face SMB in Dubai
San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo (left) tries to dribble past NLEX Road Warriors counterpart Poy Erram. The two will reprise their hardcourt duel when their teams clash in Dubai today.
The PBA takes its act overseas in Dubai as co-league-leader NLEX Road Warriors (3-0) and Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer (2-0) figure in an anticipated clash of unbeaten teams at 8 p.m., local time, at the Coca-Cola Arena.

In Manila, a double-header is also set to take place as Meralco (1-1) and Alaska (0-3) go at it at 4:30 p.m. while Magnolia (1-1) and Rain or Shine (1-2) collide at 7:30 p.m., both at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Road Warriors look to regain solo leadership while the Beermen likewise aim for a piece of the top spot.

Despite his team’s sizzling start, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao knows that the Road Warriors’ biggest test will no doubt come tonight against San Miguel.

“We’re shooting the ball really well so far this conference but it will take more than that to have a chance against San Miguel,” said Guiao. “We need to be at our very best on both ends to have a good shot.”

Behind prolific import Dez Wells’ complete game, the Beermen are starting their Grand Slam bid on fire and coach Leo Austria wants to see nothing less than their best effort against NLEX.

“NLEX is unbeaten and with the return of Kiefer (Ravena), it is playing really well. We have to be prepared,” said Austria.

Ravena has been spectacular and showing that he did not miss a beat during his suspension, clearly being NLEX’s best local thus far.

Locally, the four teams playing in Pasay are teams in the middle of the pack who are in dire need of wins to improve their current standing.

Tomorrow, the second of two Dubai games take place as the Road Warriors play the back-end of a back-to-back schedule against Barangay Ginebra (1-1) at 6 p.m., also at the Coca-Cola Arena.

There will also be a local game as NorthPort Batang Pier (1-2) dukes it out with the Blackwater Elite (0-2) at 4:30 p.m. at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

Topics: 2019 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup , NLEX Road Warriors , San Miguel Beer , Yeng Guiao , Leo Austria
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