NLEX drops Alaska to snap 13-game losing skid
Paul Lintag on May 24, 2017 07:18 PM
After more than four months, NLEX finally took a W in the PBA.
For the first time in over four months, NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao finally had a winning post-game press conference.
Guiao and his Road Warriors finally took a victory in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup, ending a nine-game losing skid after beating Alaska, 100-92, Wednesday at the Big Dome.
Dating back to the Philippine Cup, NLEX actually lost 13 straight games, tying the longest run of futility by a team handled by Guiao in the PBA.
All of that losing mercifully ended against the Aces as NLEX pounced on a struggling Aces team to improve to 1-9 in the mid-season joust. Prior to this, the last time the Road Warriors won was back in Jan. 7 against TNT KaTropa at Angeles City in Pampanga.
Before coming through in the clutch though, things looked bleak for NLEX as Alaska opened up a 20-point lead in the first quarter alone behind import Cory Jefferson, 35-15.
However, the Road Warriors would settled down in the second period and outscore the Aces by 20, taking over the lead at the break, 51-48.
It was back-and-forth in the second half until NLEX slowly pulled away in the fourth to hand Alaska its fifth straight defeat after a perfect 4-0 start.
"We caught a big fish actually," Guiao said. "Alaska is one of the best teams. It's a hard team to beat especially with their press [and] especially with a team that's really struggling with its confidence right now, like ours."
"This is a good win for us, we need a lot more situations like this where we can build character," he added.
Despite fouling out in the final period, Wayne Chism led the Road Warriors with 22 points, 10 coming in during the team's crucial run in the second quarter.
JR Quinahan and Juami Tiongson added 16 apiece for NLEX while Kevin Alas came of the bench to score 11.
Alaska got 36 points from Jefferson but it was not enough as the Aces dropped to 4-5, just half a game ahead of Phoenix for 7th place in the standings.
Vic Manuel added 17 for Alaska while Calvin Abueva, who appeard to hurt his leg late in the game, was good for 12 points.
NLEX 100 - Chism 22, Tiongson 16, Quinahan 16, Alas 11, Al-Hussaini 9, Mallari 7, Monfort 6, Soyud 5, Rios 4, Lastimosa 2, Baracael 2, Ighalo 0, Taulava 0.
ALASKA 92 - Jefferson 36, Manuel 17, Abueva 12, Casio 10, Racal 5, Banchero 3, Thoss 2, Enciso 2, Exciminiano 2, Mendoza 2, Pascual 1, Cruz 0, Galliguez 0, Hontiveros 0.
Quarterscores: 18-35, 51-48, 76-75, 100-92.
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