NLEX continues to roll after double OT win over ROS

Paul Lintag on Jul 26, 2017 06:56 PM
NLEX continues to roll after double OT win over ROS
The wild win pushed the Road Warriors to a clean 3-0 mark in the Governors' Cup, already one win more than their previous marks in the first two conferences this season.

They needed an extra 10 minutes this time around but the Road Warriors' strong Governors' Cup start continues.

NLEX took control of the early lead in the season-ending conference, surviving Rain or Shine, 122-114, in double overtime Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The wild win pushed the Road Warriors to a clean 3-0 mark in the Governors' Cup, already one win more than their previous marks in the first two conferences this season.

NLEX was 2-9 in both the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner's Cup.

The Road Warriors appeared to be on their way to victory in regulation after taking a 90-81 lead early in the fourth period. However, the Elasto Painters would rally behind Raymond Almazan and James Yap, forcing a 101-all tie in the dying seconds.

Rain or Shine had the final say in the fourth, but NLEX clamped down on defense and stymied Chris Tiu, sending the game to its first overtime.

NLEX was in trouble again after Kevin Alas fouled Tiu on a jumpball with six seconds to go. The former Ateneo Blue Eagle would cash in on the violation, scoring two free throws to put ROS up, 110-108.

However, Alas would redeem himself on the very next play, scoring a driving layup with two seconds left for a 110-all deadlock. Yap would miss the game-winning three on the other end as the game went to a second extra period.

Turnovers would doom the Elasto Painters in the second overtime as the Road Warriors took advantage of three straight errors to put the game away. A thunderous jam by import Aaron Fuller sealed the deal in favor of NLEX.

"We have to learn how to win games like this if we want to go up to the next level. The challenge is to beat contenders and to beat them in a hard game like this," head coach Yeng Guiao said.

"It's still a learning process for us. To beat Rain or Shine is a testament to the progress that we made," he added.

Fuller led the team in scoring, putting up 33 points on top of 20 rebounds. Meanwhile, Kevin Alas continued his breakout conference, going for an impressive 24 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists.

Eight players scored in double figures for the now 1-1 Elasto Painters with import JD Weatherspoon finishing with 20 points.

Beagu Belga was the top local for ROS after scoring 15 points.

 

The scores:

NLEX 122 - Fuller 33, Alas 24, Quinahan 13, Fonacier 11, Lastimosa 10, Mallari 9, Tiongson 6, J. Villanueva 5, Taulava 4, Soyud 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Ighalo 2, Monfort 0, Rios 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 114 - Weatherspoon 20, Belga 15, Yap 14, Ahanmisi 13, Chan 12, Norwood 10, Cruz 10, Almazan 10, Tiu 9, King 1, Ponferada 0.

QUARTERS: 26-27, 59-55, 84-81, 101-101, 122-114.

 

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