NLEX averts disaster finish vs. Alaska

Paul Lintag on Feb 11, 2018 06:45 PM
NLEX averts disaster finish vs. Alaska
Up 87-57, NLEX nearly gave the game away as the Aces mounted a 32-5 rally to cut the deficit to three with 11.9 seconds to go.

NLEX sure played the dangerous game Sunday.

The Road Warriors lost a 30-point lead in the fourth quarter, holding on for a 96-89 win against Alaska in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Big Dome.

Up 87-57, NLEX nearly gave the game away as the Aces mounted a 32-5 rally to cut the deficit to three with 11.9 seconds to go.

However, Kevin Racal botched the inbound play for Alaska late, allowing the Road Warriors to secure the victory from the free throw line.

NLEX won its third straight game for a 5-4 mark while the Aces saw their six-game streak snapped. Alaska dropped to 6-3.

"I was wrong again. You really need a 30-point lead to beat Alaska. Even with a 30-point lead, we were not safe," head coach Yeng Guiao said.

"There's a reson they got six straight wins, and maybe they were just due for a loss. I think this win is good for us in terms of learning a lot of lessons. the two games we won before this were really hard games and i think they helped us in terms of just keeping our composure in the end game," he added.

While NLEX was still up by 30 in the fourth, the Road Warriors first erected that lead early in the second half by just simply pounding on the Aces, 66-36.

Despite playing two games in three days, NLEX was the sharper team, taking a 20-point cushion at the break, 52-32.

Kevin Alas, Larry Fonacier, and Raul Soyud each scored 15 points to lead NLEX in scoring while Kiefer Ravena added 12 points and 10 assists.

JR Quinahan also added 12 for the Road Warriors.

For Alaska, six players finished in double figures with Jeron Teng, Jvee Casio and Vic Manule all scoring 12 points each. Calvin Abueva, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Simon Enciso each dropped 10.

 

The Scores:

NLEX 96 — Alas 15, Fonacier 15, Soyud 15, Quiñahan 12, Ravena 12, Miranda 8, Tiongson 8, Mallari 4, Baguio 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Gotladera 2, Taulava 0.

ALASKA 89 — Casio 12, Manuel 12, Teng 12, Abueva 10, Cruz 10, Enciso 10, Exciminiano 7, Banchero 4, Racal 4, Thoss 4, Potts 3, J. Pascual 1, Baclao 0.

Quarters: 29-18, 52-32, 79-54, 96-89.

 


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