Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
Photo by PBA Images


Despite plethora of wingers, Ighalo proves he can still deliver for NLEX

Wednesday marked the season debut of Kenneth Ighalo when his NLEX faced off against Alaska in the 2021 Honda-PBA Philippine Cup action in Pampanga.

Yes, the seven-year pro did not see action in the Road Warriors’ first four outings in Pasig. But he hardly showed any rust whatsoever in his return.

In fact, he even played a major role for his side.

Ighalo came off the bench and fired 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field with three rebounds to help NLEX beat the Aces, 84-74.

He was one of those responsible for lifting the Road Warriors back from a 10-point hole in the third canto towards their third win of the conference.

Head coach Yeng Guiao couldn’t feel more proud of Ighalo. After all, the Mapua alum proved yet again that he will deliver when the chance is there.

2021-pba-philippine-cup-alaska-vs-nlex-mike-digregorio-vs-kenneth-ighalo Despite plethora of wingers, Ighalo proves he can still deliver for NLEX Basketball News PBA  - philippine sports news

Photo by PBA Images

“We have not given him the opportunity previously, but he proved that when given the opportunity he will deliver,” he said.

Guiao feels how Ighalo maximized his playing time, which took a hit with the arrival of fellow wingers Don Trollano and Tony Semerad.

He played for 21 minutes and 32 seconds.

“Maraming dumating doon sa position niya, sina Don Trollano, sina Tony Semerad, si Calvin Oftana. Talagang nabawasan minutes niya.

“But, he’s proven that he’s able to step up and he’s able to justify his playing time. So we’re very happy,” expressed the decorated mentor.

Kevin Alas earned Best Player honors with 17 points and seven boards. But if there’s another one who deserves the recognition, it’s Ighalo, according to Guiao.

#ReadMore  Victolero hopes third time's a charm for Magnolia

“I think crucial siya,” he said.

“Best player si Kevin nandito, pero I think Ken Ighalo is a close best player to Kevin dito sa laro na ‘to.”

Written By

Oftentimes on the sidelines. Forever a student of the game. Morayta-bred.

You May Also Like


NLEX head coach Frankie Lim has just beaten another former mentor of his while helping the ball club stay in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup...


Unlikely heroes came through as NLEX stormed back to show Meralco the door, 92-81, to breathe more life into its own playoff bid in...


NLEX head coach Frankie Lim admitted being armed with extra motivation in facing Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Friday night. It was the...


NLEX has become home to Don Trollano. So, it was a no-brainer for him to put ink on the dotted line when he was...


Rain or Shine’s meltdown versus Converge almost two weeks ago weighed so heavily on Rey Nambatac that he admitted losing sleep over it. The...


NLEX stunned Ginebra in overtime, 120-117, to stay afloat in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Friday night at the Philsports Arena in Pasig. Earl Clark...


Rain or Shine sent the hard-luck Blackwater to an early vacation, 116-97, to snap out of its two-game funk and more importantly stay in...


Terrafirma finally ended its long run of futility by edging NLEX in overtime, 124-114, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Friday at the SMART Araneta...