NLEX stays sharp after stopping Globalport

Paul Lintag on Sep 03, 2017 06:40 PM
NLEX stays sharp after stopping Globalport
NLEX moved to 7-2 for the conference, one win away from most probably clinching its spot in the top 4 and a playoff bonus.

NLEX had a strong start and an even stronger finish.

The Road Warriors continued their march to a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals of the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup, stoppping Globalport, 109-99, Sunday at the Big Dome.

NLEX moved to 7-2 for the conference, one win away from most probably clinching its spot in the top 4 and a playoff bonus.

"Swerte kami, malaking swerte na di nakapaglaro si Pringle. I was watching the game against TNT and I was already contemplating how will we stop this guy," head coach Yeng Guiao said.

Stanley Pringle, coming off a career-high outing Friday against the KaTropa, missed Sunday's clash to attend to his ailing father in the US.

"But sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, ika nga," Guiao added. "It's a big break, we have seven wins, we need eight to make the top 4 and we have two more games."

The Road Warriors pounced early against the Batang Pier, dropping a 10-0 for a 22-5 lead. NLEX led by as many as 18 points right in the first quarter, 27-9, before Globalport settled down and made it a game.

The Batang Pier took over in the third, taking a slim 63-62 lead before NLEX regained control, riding a strong fourth-quarter finish for the win.

Import Aaron Fuller led the way for the Road Warriors, dropping 33 points and 20 rebounds. Guard Juami Tiongson finished with a career-high 21 as a starter, 14 coming in the final period.

JR Quinahan added 18 for NLEX.

Without Pringle, the Batang Pier got 29 points, 17 rebounds, and six assists from Murphy Holloway while Terrence Romeo came off the bench to drop 24. Globalport's uneven conference persisted and the Batang Pier went down to a 3-4 record.

Mark Cardona, making his return to the PBA, scored four points in eight minutes of play.

 

The scores:

NLEX 109 - Fuller 33, Tiongson 21, Quinahan 18, Alas 12, Baguio 10, Mallari 8, Fonacier 4, Ighalo 3, Al-Hussaini 0, Lastimosa 0, J. Villanueva 0, Soyud 0, Taulava 0.

GLOBALPORT 99 - Holloway 29, Romeo 24, Anthony 15, Cortez 9, Arana 9, Guinto 6, Cardona 4, Baracael 3, Mamaril 0, Hubalde 0, Celiz 0.

Quarterscores: 33-22, 56-54, 78-76, 109-99.

 

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