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Fonacier plays down NLEX explosion: ‘I’m not here to be main threat’

Fonacier plays down NLEX explosion: ‘I’m not here to be main threat’

IT was Larry Fonacier’s way of welcoming back coach Yeng Guiao at NLEX.

The veteran wingman exploded for his best scoring output in five years as the Road Warriors dealt previously unbeaten Blackwater a 124-106 beating in Guiao’s first game back since a stint with the national team.

Fonacier finished with 24 points and shot 6-of-9 from three-point range as the Road Warriors improved to 4-2 in Guiao’s return game.

“Na-miss namin si coach Yeng,” said Fonacier in jest.

Turning serious, the 36-year-old shooter said he’s just flourishing in Guiao’s system, which he said has been a big help for gunmen like him.

“Si coach Yeng, the system is really friendly for shooters,” he said. “It’s really just up to us to take advantage of the opportunity.”

Fonacier did just that.

His output was his best in an NLEX uniform and marks the first time he scored that many since pouring in a career-high 31 points while still playing for TnT Katropa five years ago.

The 20 three-pointers converted by NLEX was also an all-time franchise record and eighth most in a game in league history, according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.

But Fonacier made it clear he made no conscious effort to be the Road Warriors’ top offensive option.

“Wala akong initiative to take over the system kanina, I was just flowing with it. It was just there, the openings. I just took advantage of it,” he said.

“Like I said, I’m not here to be the main threat or anything. Basta I just take whatever the defense gives me. The priority is to make my teammates better and for NLEX to win.”