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NLEX shoots for QF slot with new import

Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) guns for an outright quarterfinal berth as it tangles with Columbian Dyip while Magnolia hopes to regain its winning ways today in Season 44 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.

NLEX will also bring in new import Manny Harris in its 4:30 p.m. game against Columbian Dyip. Harris, a former National Basketball Association player, replaced Olu Ashaolu who though played terrifically in NLEX’s last five games.

The Road Warriors are holding a 4-1 win-loss record that currently sits at third spot.

NLEX’s Kiefer Ravena (No. 15) dribbles the ball against Stanley Pringle of Ginebra during a Season 44 PBA Governors’ Cup game recently at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. PBA MEDIA BUREAU PHOTO

“One decision point was we can’t match up Olu (Ashaolu) with the likes of KJ McDaniels, Dez Wells and Justin Brownlee because they are faster although Olu is stronger. Harris is a wing player that we can match up with them,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao.

Harris, who arrived just last Saturday, will be joining Kiefer Ravena, JR Quiñahan and JP Erram against Columbian Dyip.

Columbian Dyip (3-2 win-loss record) is coming off a huge 102-90 victory over Blackwater behind the superb performance of Rashawn McCarthy, CJ Perez and import Khapri Alston.

Meanwhile, the Hotshots (3-2) will try to bounce back from the frustrating defeat against Columbian Dyip when they play the Elite (1-3) in the 7 p.m. second game.

Coach Chito Victolero of Magnolia, however, said that their import Romeo Travis is a game time decision against Blackwater after spraining his right ankle last Friday against San Miguel Beer. The Hotshots narrowly lost to the Beermen in that game, 89-90.

Blackwater reactivated import Marqus Blakely for Aaron Fuller.

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