PBA: NLEX blows 19-point lead but recover in OT to beat Phoenix

Paul Lintag on May 11, 2018 07:00 PM
PBA: NLEX blows 19-point lead but recover in OT to beat PHX
It was NLEX's first win in four starts in the mid-season joust and the team's first victory since Game 4 of the Philippine Cup.

BINAN, Laguna --- NLEX finally figured out how to win again.

The Road Warriors blew a 19-point lead but was able to recover in overtime, scoring a 120-115 win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Friday at the Alonte Sports Arena here.

It was NLEX's first win in four starts in the mid-season joust and the team's first victory since Game 4 of the Philippine Cup.

"We needed this win badly," said head coach Yeng Guiao.

"We had a good lead almost throughout the game but we lost it in the last four, three minutes. Of course, that's disappointing but a win is still a win," he added.

NLEX was up 10, 101-91, with less than three minutes to go after Kiefer Ravena completed an and-one play.

However, the Fuel Masters would storm back as rookie Jason Perkins scored five straight points in the last 1:14 of regulation to force a 102-all tie.

NLEX would come right back as Ravena found import Arnett Moultrie for the go-ahead slam, 104-102. Moultrie then appeared to seal the win after blocking Perkins on the other end but James White recovered the loose ball and scored a game-tying putback with five seconds left to force overtime.

Come extra time, veterans Alex Mallari and Larry Fonacier sparked the Road Warriors' offense and NLEX improved to 1-3 with the win.

Moultrie led NLEX with 37 points, 17 rebounds, and eight assists. JR Quinahan added 16 off the bench while Mallari and Fonacier finished with 13 and 11 points respectively.

The Road Warriors scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to put up a 19-point lead, 51-32.

However, Phoenix would slowly claw back in the second half as Matthew Wright continued to fire away on offense.

The Fil-Canadian finished wit a team-high 31 points. White added 19 but he fouled out in overtime. The Fuel Masters dropped to 2-2 in the standings after the loss.

 

The Scores:

NLEX 120 — Moultrie 37, Quiñahan 16, Mallari 13, Fonacier 11, Ravena 9, Miranda 8, Baguio 7, Soyud 7, Tiongson 5, Rios 4, Monfort 3, Ighalo 0.

PHOENIX 115 — Wright 31, White 19, Chan 17, Perkins 15, Revilla 9, Jazul 8, Mendoza 8, Kramer 4, Chua 2, Eriobu 2, Alolino 0, Intal 0, Wilson 0.

Quarters: 28-25, 57-43, 78-72, 104-104, 120-115.

 


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