SUPER 8: NLEX completes 17-point comeback against Flying Tigers to make semis in Macau
Paul Lintag on Jul 19, 2018 08:43 PM
The Road Warriors, down 16 at the break, dominated the third period, unloading a 31-10 run to completey turn the game around. NLEX then carried that momentum into the fourth, eventually rolling to a 10-point win. (ASIA LEAGUE Photo)
MACAU --- Well, all Pinoy teams have signature Puso in them.
NLEX erased a 17-point deficit to frustrate the Xinjiang Flying Tigers Thursday in the Super 8 tournament, picking up an 88-78 come-from-behind decision at the East Asian Games Dome here.
The Road Warriors, down 16 at the break, dominated the third period, unloading a 31-10 run to completey turn the game around.
NLEX then carried that momentum into the fourth, eventually rolling to a 10-point win.
Thursday's clash was a do-or-die game betwenn both teams and thanks to the victory, the Road Warriors will move on to the semifinals of the Super 8 as the no. 2 team in Group A with a 2-1 record.
"The boys just played with a lot of heart and even if this is a side tournament, I felt like I have a newfound respect for the guys," head coach Yeng Guiao said.
"They played their hearts out and they put in the effort and one thing that makes me happy is we made our Filipino fans here in Macau happy," he added.
NLEX fought Xinjiang to a draw in the opening period only to see the Flying Tigers dominate in the second for a 16-point lead, 49-33.
However, the Road Warriors found a quick answer this time and torced the Flying Tigers with speed and a relentless attack.
JR Quinahan and Kevin Ighalo provided the spark off the bench, scoring 18 and 17 points respectively.
Mac Tallo added another 12 for the Road Warriors.
For Xinjiang, who drop out with a 1-2 mark, five players scored in double figures led by Sun Tonglin.
NLEX 88 – Quinahan 18, Ighalo 17, Tallo 12, Rios 8, Taulava 8, Miranda 6, Monfort 5, Soyud 5, Marcelo 4, Buenafe 3, Tiongson 2, Baguio 0.
XINJIANG 78 – Sun 16, Liu 13, Tang 11, Wang 11, Jiang 10, Deng 8, Hou 4, Pai 3, Han 2.
Quarters: 20-20, 33-49, 64-59, 88-78.
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