AFTER finishing outside the quarterfinals in the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cup, the NLEX Road Warriors were on a different level in the ongoing PBA Governors’ Cup. They are currently on top of the standings and already assured of a seat in Final 8.
Ilonggo guard Kiefer Ravena, however, warned his teammates they should not be complacent; they are still far from their goal this conference.
“We still have to be on our toes,” said the Gilas Pilipinas guard. “Come our next games, it’s gonna be harder and harder for us because once you’re at the top, everybody’s going at you.”
He added: “We have to stay healthy. We can’t take it for granted pagdating lalong-lalo na sa conditioning namin kasi ayaw namin na ito lang ‘yung peak naming.”
NLEX resumes its campaign on Nov. 10. It takes on defending champion Magnolia at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City, followed by matches against NorthPort Batang Pier on Nov. 13 and Alaska Aces on Nov. 20.
Magnolia holds a 4-4 record. NorthPort has a 3-4 slate and will play its remaining elimination round assignments without the injured Robert Bolick.
Alaska totes a 2-6 record.
“We can’t be complacent knowing that we’re already in the quarterfinals. Part lang ‘yun ng goal namin. Ang goal namin talaga is to make it to the finals and try to win a championship. So we can’t be contented with a quarterfinals berth,” he said.
Ravena added: “This is our fourth straight win, so it’s been a tough road. Swerte lang na healthy na lahat and we have a great import that really blends well in our system. We’re fortunate enough to be that way. The momentum hopefully we carry it on.”
Makati FC sets its eyes on winning the SingaCup 2019 in Singapore this November as the storied youth football team is currently training in Gotemba, Japan.
“The MFC Japan camp puts our local Filipino talents at a very young age in a much higher level of training. This is necessary to prepare them to compete in higher level tournaments,” said SeLu Lozano, Makati FC chief executive officer.
Bacolodnon Ron Moequin leaned the new recruits from U13 that were given the opportunity to train in Japan and compete in SingaCup aside from Koronadal natives Lance Pusoc and Daniel Cagaanan.
Coming off a successful campaign in last month’s Borneo Cup where they won the boys U15 gold, boys U14 and U13 silver medals, Makati FC is using this momentum to continue its sound football program.
“The continuous development of players is what the club aims for as we try to contribute in the efforts of strengthening the Philippine youth football. At the same time we are able maximize child’s growth and development using football as a school of life,” said Lozano.
Aside from the SingaCup slated on Nov. 3-7, Makati FC is also preparing for Bangkok 7s set on Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Thailand./PN