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Guiao eyes Ravena sub



NLEX is starting to beef up its roster in preparation for the import-laced conference of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) next month.

Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao said they are looking to acquire an import who plays exactly the same position as Ravena — the gutsy playmaker who signed a one-year contract with Shiga Lakestars in the Japanese B.League.

Guiao said tapping somebody who plays like Ravena is such a logical decision since their game plan relies heavily on his presence at both ends of the floor.

“We are seriously considering somebody who can relieve Kiefer at that position,” Guiao, who is currently banking on the backcourt rotation of Kevin Alas, Jericho Cruz, Mike Ayonayon and Philip Paniamogan.

“Because of the loss of Kiefer, we might need a point guard-type of player that could help Kevin.”

Despite the departure of Ravena, who was their top scorer in the early stretch of the elimination, the Road Warriors still held their ground and made it to the playoffs with a 5-6 win-loss card.

Although they pushed Meralco to the limit and stretched their quarterfinal series to a sudden-death battle, the Road Warriors eventually ran out of gas and kissed their championship hopes goodbye.

Guiao refused to drop names, but hinted that they will tap an import who is already very familiar with the league and the system that he is running.

Aside from NLEX, other teams like Magnolia, Barangay Ginebra, Terrafirma and Blackwater are already on the verge of signing guest players for the much-awaited tournament.

All PBA teams are required to submit the names of their respective imports on 21 October.

“One thing that we are also looking forward to is to bring in an import who can complement these guys,” Guiao said.

“We’re working on that already, we’re talking to (an import) that we’ve already tried and tested. We don’t want to risk it with someone that we’re not familiar with.”