NLEX sends Alaska to longest losing skid in franchise history

Paul Lintag on Jul 19, 2017 09:46 PM
NLEX sends Alaska to longest losing skid in team history
The win was only the fifth for the Road Warriors this season and three of them came at the expense of Alaska.

As much as NLEX struggled in the PBA season so far, the Road Warriors always seem to beat the Alaska Aces.

NLEX opened its 2017 PBA Governors' Cup campaign Wednesday at the Big Dome, frustrating the Aces in the fourth quarter before picking a big victory.

The win was only the fifth for the Road Warriors this season and three of them came at the expense of Alaska.

NLEX has also won three straight games dating back to the Commissioner's Cup to extend its first and, so far, only winning streak this year.

Tied at 94-all with less than five minutes to go, the Road Warriors pulled away behind its locals.

However, a thunderous slam by import Aaron Fuller put the exclamation point on NLEX's run as the Road Warriors took a 107-98 lead with 1:30 left.

"Medyo iba yung pakiramdam. Isang panalo na lang mata-tie na namin yung record namin last conference," head coach Yeng Guiao joked as his team is above .500 for only the second time this season.

"We really prepared to compete this conference. We made a lot of major decision towards the end of last conference. We practiced the earliest among all the teams. I'm glad that this is a validation of our hard work," he added.

Fuller was impressive in his PBA debut, droppping 30 points and 20 rebounds for NLEX. Kevin Alas also had a great game, going for 20 points, eight rebounds, and four assists for an all-around effort.

Failing to score a victory since April 2, Alaska has now lost nine straight games all the way back to the Commissioner's Cup, a new franchise record for futility.

The returning Buck Henton led the Aces with 27 points while Simon Enciso added 21 in a starting role but it wasn't enough for Alaska to pick up a win.

Calvin Abueva had a 12-point, 14-rebound double-double for Alaska in a losing effort.

 

The scores:

NLEX 112 – Fuller 30, Alas 20, Tiongson 13, Quinahan 9, Rios 8, Taulava 8, Mallari 7, Al-Hussaini 6, Soyud 6, Fonacier 3, Lastimosa 2, Baracael 0, Monfort 0, Ighalo 0, J. Villanueva 0

ALASKA 104 – Henton 27, Enciso 21, Abueva 12, Banchero 11, Thoss 10, Manuel 9, Casio 7, Racal 5, Dela Cruz 2, Magat 0, Exciminiano 0, Mendoza 0, Baclao 0

Quarterscores: 23-24, 56-55, 83-79, 112-104

 


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