PBA: NLEX starts life without Kiefer with a win

Paul Lintag on May 30, 2018 06:36 PM
PBA: NLEX starts life without Kiefer with a win
The Road Warriors managed to hold on against the Blackwater Elite, scoring a 93-89 win Wednesday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Big Dome.

NLEX has started life without Kiefer Ravena.

It's off to a promising start.

The Road Warriors managed to hold on against the Blackwater Elite, scoring a 93-89 win Wednesday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Big Dome.

It was NLEX second win this conference and the first without Kiefer Ravena.

Ravena was suspended 18-months by FIBA for doping and his camp is in communication with the basketball's world governing body to find out if his suspension also applies in the PBA.

Despite that, the Road Warriors managed to rally past the Elite, erasing a 10-point deficit in the second half to steal the victory in the fourth period.

"We got the lucky breaks in the end game," head coach Yeng Guiao said.

"It's a good thing we were able to set aside all the distractions before this game. We felt bad as a team, with the situation of Kiefer. Everybody knows he's a key player in the team and his suspension has a profound effect. But our focus is moving forward and moving on without Kiefer for the meantime," he added.

Import Arnett Moultrie carried most of the load on offense for NLEX, scoring 26 points, 11 in the fourth. He also had 16 rebounds and five assists.

Juami Tiongson and Alex Mallari scored 10 apiece for the Road Warriors who now have a 2-4 record.

For the Elite, Mike Digregorio fired 25 but it wasn't enough as Blackwater remained winless in seven games.

Import Henry Walker returned this season but struggled for only 12 points in nearly 44 minutes of play.

 

The Scores:

NLEX 93 – Moultrie 26, Tiongson 10, Mallari 10, Fonacier 9, Rios 8, Monfort 5, Baguio 5, Marcelo 5, Soyud 5, Ighalo 5, Quinahan 3, Miranda 2.

BLACKWATER 89 – DiGregorio 25, Maliksi 16, Erram 14, Walker 12, Cortez 4, Belo 4, Al-Hussaini 4, Sumang 3, Palma 3, Zamar 2, Jose 2, Pinto 0.

Quarters: 26-18; 42-40; 67-71; 93-89.

 

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