NLEX's Madanly now at 100%: I can play much better
Posted at 06/03/2015 5:34 PM
Michael Madanly of NLEX escapes three Alaska defenders Chris Exciminiano, Romeo Travis and Jvee Casio. Photo: PBA Images
MANILA, Philippines – NLEX's Syrian import, Michael Madanly was hobbled in his first few games for the Road Warriors as he suffered a neck injury in his first game before dealing with cramps in their succeeding contests.
After conquering those issues, however, Madanly was finally able to show what he is capable of and help lead the Road Warriors to a much-needed victory.
"I am 100% now, and you can see that on the court," Madanly declared in an interview with PBA.ph.
Against the Alaska Aces on Tuesday, Madanly fired 28 points to go along with nine rebounds and five assists, as NLEX claimed a 113-102 victory – only their second in the Governors' Cup against four losses.
"This is my first game that I played a full game," Madanly said. "I haven't played a full game since I came here, and they told me that last game was my best game, but I know I can do much better, even better than what I did today."
"I still have a lot to do to help the team win," he added.
Aside from Madanly, NLEX also got sensational performance from Kwame Alexander and Asi Taulava, who both tallied double-doubles in the victory. Mark Cardona also finished in double-digits with 15 points in the game.
"We were lucky," said Madanly. "We played hard, everybody played hard, executed the offense and defense, and I played good because of them."
The win against Alaska ended NLEX's two-game losing streak and kept alive their hopes of making the playoffs, but Madanly stressed that they have to keep working hard.
He also put the onus on himself, saying: "I'll try to play much better in the next game and fix my mistakes. I still have to work hard, get better, and help the team win more games."
The win was NLEX's first against Alaska in four games.
"I am happy we stuck with our game plan," NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez told PBA.ph in a separate interview. "We played defense. Our defense in the endgame helped us to win."
NLEX overhauled a 13-point deficit in the second half, coming back thanks to the combined efforts of their imports, and with ample help from Cardona and Taulava.