NLEX coach Frankie Lim believes his crew’s 2-0 begin within the PBA Governors’ Cup is extra than simply having former NBA participant Jonathon Simmons as import.
“[I think] it has loads to do with the make-up of the crew,” Lim stated after the Road Warriors’ 121-112 win over the NorthPort Batang Pier on Saturday at Ynares Middle in Antipolo Metropolis.
Whereas Simmons’ presence has been terrific whereas Don Trollano and Kevin Alas are exhibiting why they’re his two greatest gamers, Lim can be liking the best way his new gamers are contributing.
The Street Warriors made some modifications earlier than the season-ending convention started, letting go of Justin Chua and including hardworking veteran Sean Anthony and Lim’s ex-San Beda participant Jake Pascual in a three-team commerce with the TNT Tropang Giga and Phoenix Gasoline Masters.
Anthony was strong for NLEX within the win in opposition to his former crew, posting 16 factors and eight rebounds.
“Final convention, I’ve to settle with what we have now,” stated Lim, who took over after Yeng Guiao left for Rain or Shine weeks earlier than the Commissioner’s Cup opened in late September.
“At the very least this convention, we obtained new guys coming in. And the numerous change is that you could see quite a lot of toughness in my gamers. And that’s an excellent signal.”
That toughness, nonetheless, shall be examined in February when NLEX faces a number of the league’s perennial elites.
NLEX performs TNT on Wednesday, and will get to face struggling Phoenix on Feb. 4 earlier than taking over Barangay Ginebra on Feb. 8, Magnolia on Feb. 16 and Converge on Feb. 18.
Rain or Shine and Guiao shall be NLEX’s last opponent for the month on Feb. 25.
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