Don Trollano is having a very happy holiday season. Michael Miranda as well.
Following Kiefer Ravena’s departure, Trollano has established himself as one of the squad’s go-to players. He was recently awarded a new two-year contract that would keep him with the organization through 2025.
Trollano’s effort against a formidable Gin Kings team that was on a five-game winning streak gave the Road Warriors the much-needed boost they needed in the midst of a trying slump.
All of the former Adamson stalwart’s 26 significant points—20 of them in the third quarter—were scored in the second half, including seven three-pointers, along with six rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block. The impressive performance helped the Road Warriors make up for their disappointing 114–124 loss to Terrafirma.
Miranda, on the other hand, decided to sign a second one-year contract and will continue to be a Road Warrior until 2024.
From the days of former coach Yeng Guiao to the present-day coach Frankie Lim, Trollano and Miranda have both been important NLEX players.
The Road Warriors’ main offensive threat throughout the Commissioner’s Cup was Trollano, who averaged 17.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists while shooting an impressive 46 percent from outside the arc.
With those statistics, the 30-year-old Adamson alum made it into the top five finalists for the Conference’s Best Player honor.
Unfortunately, NLEX was unable to proceed in the playoffs after losing to Rain or Shine, 110-104, in their game for the final quarter final spot.
Trollano did, however, score a career-high 26 points twice in the conference, against Barangay Ginebra and in a 124-114 overtime defeat to Terrafirma.
In a league that saw the Road Warriors miss the playoffs despite having a 5-6 win-loss record, Miranda contributed 6.73 points and 4.36 rebounds for NLEX.
Guiao noted that the team has begun communicating with the players whose contracts are up for renewal. He did not go into detail about the players other than to say that Asi Taulava and Cyrus Baguio are on the list.
Guiao stated that because they signed new contracts before the season began, Kevin Alas, Kiefer Ravena, and Jericho Cruz are no longer on the roster.