2015-2016 Season Summary: NLEX Road Warriors

By Bigmatch
Oct. 17, 2016

(c) PBA Media Bureau

NLEX gave their best this season but the juggling of trying to contend and developing their younger players cornered them into mediocrity. 

That is not a typo guys, NLEX is the most consistent team this season. They managed to reach playoffs but they failed to overcome three twice-to-beat disadvantages. They only failed to get a W against the top two squads this season.

As you can see from their Elims stats, NLEX adjusted their pace in the last two conferences. In the Philippine Cup, they were the third best fastbreak scoring team but they constricted their pace in the last two conferences. Above, you can see that shooting was also their bread and butter and that will bode well with Coach Yeng Guiao who love to stretch the floor. Their defense has a good foundation too with their ability to force turnovers. 

CORE PLAYERS' STATISTICS
SEAN ANTHONY: 15.0 PTS | 9.2 REBS | 2.4 ASTS | 46.5% FG
ASI TAULAVA: 13.9 PTS | 10.3 REBS | 2.1 ASTS | 47.3% FG
KEVIN ALAS: 7.7 PTS | 2.9 REBS| 1.7 ASTS | 39.1% FG
JONAS VILLANUEVA: 9.9 PTS | 2.9 REBS | 3.0 ASTS | 33.5% 3FG
GARVO LANETE: 7.6 PTS | 1.4 REBS | 39.4% 3FG

Asi Taulava won another season-long battle against father time after sustaining his points production and increasing his rebounding numbers. Sean Anthony found his groove in first season with NLEX and became the backbone of their offense. I am hoping he can improved his handles and polish his shots around the basket.

On the other hand, Kevin Alas was a disappointment the whole season. Coach Boyet started him and gave him opportunity but he failed to deliver.