Kiefer hits game winner for NLEX against Meralco
Paul Lintag on Feb 09, 2018 09:15 PM
Kiefer Ravena FTW.
Just in case you didn't know, Kiefer Ravena has arrived in the PBA.
The Phenom drilled the game-winner for NLEX, helping the Road Warriors take a hard-fought 87-85 victory over Meralco in the 2018 Philippine Cup Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Ravena hit a fallaway jumper over Chris Newsome in NLEX's final possession, leaving 0.9 seconds on the clock. It was enough to get the Road Warriors back to .500 with a 4-4 record following the win.
A couple of plays earlier, Kiefer buried a cold-blooded triple over Nico Salva with 43 seconds left, giving NLEX the lead, 83-82, after trailing by as many as 10 in the fourth.
"We haven't had easy games. The last two games we played were really hard wins," head coach Yeng Guiao said.
"We just got lucky both times. Kiefer just made the big shots like a veteran, like somebody who's a 10-year veteran in this league," he added.
Fresh from a three-point win over Ginebra, NLEX fell flat to start against Meralco and was already down by 18 in the opening period.
Fortunately, the Road Warriors managed to settle down in the second and outscored the Bolts by 17, 28-11, to take a one-point lead at the break.
Meralco would regain control in the second half before NLEX made its huge rally capped by Kiefer's heroics down the stretch.
Ravena finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, and four assists in the win while Larry Fonacier added 17 points and six boards.
Kevin Alas was good for 15 points and Alex Mallari got 12 points to go on top of 10 rebounds.
The Bolts meanwhile continue their All-Filipino nightmare, dropping to 2-6 with yet another loss.
Nico Salva led the way for Meralco with 20 points.
NLEX 87 — Ravena 21, Fonacier 17, Alas 15, Mallari 12, Al-Hussaini 6, Quiñahan 6, Baguio 4, Gotladera 2, Miranda 2, Monfort 2, Uyloan 0, Soyud 0, Taulava 0.
MERALCO 85 — Salva 20, Newsome 15, Amer 14, Hugnatan 10, Lanete 10, Caram 7, Canaleta 4, Hodge 3, Bono 2, Dillinger 0, Tolomia 0.
Quarters: 10-26, 38-37, 62-65, 87-85.
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