NLEX advances to PBA semis for first time in franchise history

Paul Lintag on Mar 07, 2018 09:37 PM
NLEX advances to PBA semis for first time
NLEX won the short series, 2-0, and extended its mastery over Alaska to six games since last season's All-Filipino.

History for the second straight game for NLEX.

The Road Warriors advanced to their first semifinal appearance in the PBA, beating Alaska, 87-83, in Game 2 of of their Philippine Cup quarterfinals series Wednesday at the Big Dome.

NLEX won the short series, 2-0, and extended its mastery over Alaska to six games since last season's All-Filipino.

The no. 6 seed Road Warriors will now meet no. 2 Magnolia in the best-of-7 semifinals.

"We knew before the game that Alaska was going to get back at us a lot harder than in our first game," head coach Yeng Guiao said.

"Our luck held up and the team deserves the credit. They really wanted this, they've very hungry to make the semifinals," he added.

Down 80-83 with three minutes to go, Mika Miranda once again came through for NLEX, scoring five straight points as the Road Warriors took over with 2:06 remaining.

Kevin Alas then made a ridiculous circus layup in the last 1:14 for a four-point lead and then NLEX had to rely on a tough defensive stand to secure the victory.

Alas led the team in scoring, firing 18 points to go along with nine rebounds while JR Quinahan added 16 before fouling out.

Miranda scored 12 and Kiefer Ravena was good for 11 points for NLEX.

For the Aces, this is the second straight time in the Philippine Cup where their superior seed didn't matter in the quarterfinals. Last season, they lost to Ginebra as the no. 2 seed. Alaska was ranked third this season.

Calvin Abueva paced Alaska with 17 points and 16 rebounds but it wasn't enough for a win.

 

The Scores:

NLEX 87 - Alas 18, Quinahan 16, Miranda 12, Ravena 11, Mallari 8, Fonacier 7, Soyud 5, Tiongson 3, Ighalo 3, Taulava 2, Al-Husaini 2, Gotladera 0

Alaska 83 - Abueva 17, Excimiano 12, Casio 10, Racal 10, Manuel 9, Banchero 8, Thoss 8, Baclao 4, Enciso 2, Cruz 2, Magat 1, J. Pascual 0, Teng 0

Quarters:24-23, 49-43, 68-71, 87-83

 


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