Alex Mallari missed that winning feeling

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A Grand Slam champion with San Mig Coffee, Alex Mallari hasn’t done a lot of winning after he moved on from the Purefoods franchise.

Alex Mallari is not exactly used to losing in the PBA.

He won a Grand Slam with San Mig Coffee three years ago after all.

That’s why after struggling with Mahindra this season before getting traded to winless NLEX late in the Commissioner’s Cup, the Fil-Am swingman didn’t exaclty appreciate all the losing.

However, a funning thing happened at the end of NLEX’s campaign in the mid-season conference.

The Road Warriors actually won a game, and to make things even more amazing, NLEX is actually headed to vacation on a two-game winning streak after beating both Alaska and Phoenix in a span of four days.

“It’s good, you know, with all due respect to Mahindra, there’s more experience here,” Mallari said Saturday after scoring scoring a team-high 22 points for the Road Warriors in a narrow win over the Fuel Masters.

“Not just the players, but the coaches. It’s good to be with much better [guys] for sure.”

“I missed winning. I couldn’t even freaking sleep at night, seriously. I was the grumpiest dude at home,” Mallari added.

With head coach Yeng Guiao assembling an interesting group of veterans in the NLEX roster, Mallari is looking at the Road Warriors improving on all facets just in time for the Governors’ Cup.

Winning their last two games in the Commissioner’s Cup was a nice start.

“When Coach Yeng brought us in, he wanted the last three games to be a preparation for the third conference,” he said as NLEX went 2-1 in those last three games, losing only to San Miguel.

“We see where we can thrive and take advantage on, either offense or defense. We’re not gonna think about these games, but at least we got two wins. Hopefully we can make some noise next conference,” Mallari added.

 


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