Marion Magat didn't hide his disappointment for hi sub-par effort against the Alaska Aces on Wednesday.
But he was nevertheless happy that the Rod Warriors pulled off a lopsided 91-70 victory against Alaska even without coach Yeng Guiao for most part of the game.
It was the first meeting between Magat and his former team since Alaska opted not to renew his contract at the end of last season.
"Maganda sana kung nakapagpakita ako kanina. Pero talagang absent ako sa laro kanina. Medyo gigil kasi ako kaya di ko naipakita laro ko," admitted the 6-7 slotman out of Mational University.
Magat, who improved his skill set since joining NLEX this season, tallied two points, grabbed seven rebounds and had an assist in 13 minutes.
"I could have done better than that," he swears.
Guiao was ejected midway in the second quarter after picking up two quick technicals. Assistant coach Jojo Lastimosa, also a former member of the Alaska team, took over the coaching chores.
"Nabigla nga din ako kasi grabe yung nilaro namin tsaka inayos talaga namin yung defense namin. And siguro swerte din namin kasi hindi pumapasok yung mga tira nila," Magat added.
The win snapped NLEX's two-game slide and improved their record to 3-5, with a chance of crashing into the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.
Magat hopes the Road Warriors will keep on going, as they aim to sweep their three remaining elimination round assignments to secure their place in the next round.
"Sana tuloy-tuloy na. This coming games dapat pagbutihin namin kasi crucial na eh," said Magat, who is currently averaging 6.25 points and 5.75 rebounds.
"Dapat every game maganda nilalaro namin." (JB)