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Guiao faces former team NLEX

September 22, 2022 Robert Andaya 141 views

VETERAN coach Yeng Guiao is back with former team Rain or Shine.

The seven-time PBA champion will again call the shots when Rain or Shine faces his former NLEX team on the second day of competitions in the PBA Commissioners’ Cup at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Guiao, who steered the Elasto Painters to two PBA titles in 2012 Governors’ Cup and 2016 Commissioners Cup, hopes to lead the team to victory against the Road Warriors in the 5:45 p.m. encounter.

The 63-year-old Guiao was NLEX’s coach for six years after leaving Rain or Shine in 2016.

After parting ways with the Road Warriors, Guaio agreed to return to the E-Painters following short consultation with team owners Tery Que ancd Silliman Sy.

NLEX, on the other hand, tapped comebacking coach Frankie Lim.

Lim was the coach of Barangay Ginebra.before being replaced by Tim Cone in 2015.

Both Guiao and Lim will now have to work on the talents available to them to achieve their targets.

Guaio, who had a little over two weeks to get familiar with his old team, only has three players — Gabe Norwood, Beau Belga and Jewel Ponferrada — left from the team he used to coach.

Guaio will now rely mostly on its youth brigade led by Rey Nambatac, Santi Santillan and Mike Nieto.

Lim is in a little more difficult situation with NLEX.

The former San Beda College standout only has two days of practice with the Road Warriors since signing a contract with NLEX just last Tuesday evening.

The 62-year-old Lim, who won four NCAA titles with the San Beda Red Lions, would also handle an NLEX team that traded away rising star Calvin Oftana and veteran center Raoul Soyud to TNT via Blackwater for Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser in a trade approved by the PBA only last Monday.

Equally interesting is the battle of imports between journeyman Steve Taylor of Rain or Shine and former NBA campaigner Earl Clark of NLEX.

Interestingly, it was Guaio who selected the 34-year-old New Jersey native to reinforce NLEX before he decided to return to Rain or Shine.

In the 3 p.m. curtainraiser, Converge FiberX and Terrafirma start their campaigns.

The FiberXers hope to make a difference under new coach Aldin Ayo and import Quincy Miller, the 38th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Ayo, who is reconnected with some of his key players in his championship runs with the Letran Knights in the NCAA and the La Salle Green Archers in the UAAP, is looking to improve Converge’s seventh place finish in the PBA All-Filipino.

The FiberXers, then under coach Jeffrey Cariaso, finished with five wins against seven losses.

The Dyip who finished winless in the previous conference, are hoping to do much better wth improved chemistry among the players.

Games Friday:

(Philsports Arena)
3 p.m. — Terrafirma vs. Converge
5:45 p.m. — NLEX vs.Rain or Shine