SUPER 8: Long Lions frustrate NLEX in semis
Paul Lintag on Jul 21, 2018 08:35 PM
Shirelijian Muxtar and the Long Lions leave NLEX in the dust to make the Super 8 Finals in Macau. (ASIA LEAGUE Photo)
MACAU --- NLEX tried to engineer another second-haf comeback against a Chinese team but this one falls just a little bit short.
The Guangzhou Long Lions elimianted the Road Warriors from the Summer Super 8 tourament, taking a 75-63 semifinal victory Saturday at the East Asian Games Gymnasium here.
Guangzhou lost an 18-point lead in the third period as NLEX went on a furious rally.
However, the Long Lions recovered in the fourth to frustrate the Road Warriors, leaving NLEX to contend for third place Sunday to wrap up the week-long joust.
"I guess it's really the bad start that killed us. I don't think you can rely on trying to catch up everytime no," head coach Yeng Guiao said.
"We did it the first time but that's not really the way to go. But it was a good effort, in the third quarter we got as close to two points but we could not sustain it," he added.
NLEX gave up a huge first quarter against Guangzhou and had to climb back from an 18-point deficit.
But unlike their victory against the Xinjiang Flying Tigers two days ago, the Road Warriors failed to complete the turnaround this time, missing out on the Finals.
Mac Tallo was the only player in double figures for NLEX, scoring 16 points. Cyrus Baguio had eight while JR Quinahan, Asi Taulava, and Kenneth Ighalo added six each.
For the Flying Tigers, Shirelijian Muxtar dropped a game-high 21 points.
GUANGZHOU 75 – Sherilijian 21, Zheng 15, Ju 14, Guo 10, Minyang 9, Tian 3, Wang 2, Song 1, Gu 0, Heng 0, Yao 0.
NLEX 63 – Tallo 16, Baguio 8, Tiongson 7, Ighalo 6, Quinahan 6, Taulava 6, Buenafe 4, Miranda 4, Marcelo 2, Rios 2, Soyud 2, Uyloan 0.
Quarters: 26-13, 46-34, 54-50, 75-63.
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