Kiefer scores 20 as Road Warriors beat Magnolia to tie series

Paul Lintag on Mar 16, 2018 08:59 PM
Kiefer scores 20 as Road Warriors beat Magnolia
This best-of-7 affair will now reach reach at least a Game 6 as the Road Warriors have evened the count at two games each.

It looks like were going to have a long series after all.

NLEX has tied the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals against Magnolia, scoring a masterful 91-79 victory Friday at the MOA Arena to bounce back following back-to-back defeats.

This best-of-7 affair will now reach reach at least a Game 6 as the Road Warriors have evened the count at two games each.

"After back-to-back wins by Magnolia, we felt that this was a big game for us, do-or-die na nga," head coach Yeng Guiao said.

"A 1-3 series deficit would have been a foregone conclusion, mas lalo na pag Magnolia kalaban mo. We had that sense of urgency tonight, paminsan-minsan naman kami ang swertehin. There's a bit of luck for us kasi our shots went in just like how their shots went in nung Game 3," he added.

NLEX unleashed a 19-0 run bridging the second and third quarters to take a 55-39 lead and never looked back.

The Hotshots were able to cut it down to seven later in the third but Kiefer Ravena took over for the Road Warriors in the fourth, scoring 11 points in the final period, including seven straight, to ice the victory.

Ravena finished with a game-high 20 points on top of five assists while JR Quinahan added 14. Kevin Alas was good for 13 points, six rebounds, and five assists.

As for Hotshots, Ian Sangalang had another double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds but it wasn;t enough for Magnola to recover from its terrible start to the second half.

Game 5 will be on Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.


The Scores:

NLEX 91 — Ravena 20, Quiñahan 14, Alas 13, Fonacier 10, Baguio 9, Soyud 9, Rios 5, Tiongson 5, Mallari 4, Al-Hussaini 2, Miranda 0, Taulava 0.

MAGNOLIA 79 — Sangalang 15, Barroca 11, Lee 11, Jalalon 10, Dela Rosa 9, Ramos 9, Simon 6, Reavis 4, Gamalinda 2, Pascual 2, Brondial 0, Herndon 0, Melton 0, Mendoza 0.

Quarters: 25-20, 41-39, 69-59, 91-79.

 


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