PBA: NLEX back on track after beating Columbian

Paul Lintag on Aug 29, 2018 06:39 PM
PBA: NLEX back on track after beating Columbian
With returning import Aaron Fuller in tow, NLEX pulled away late in the fourth to push its record to 3-1 in the season-ending conference.

NLEX is back on track.

The Road Warriors have recovered from a sound beating last week, making it back to the win column through a 116-104 decision over Columbian Wednesday in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at the Big Dome.

With returning import Aaron Fuller in tow, NLEX pulled away late in the fourth to push its record to 3-1 in the season-ending conference.

Fuller, who replaced the injured Olu Ashaolu, immediately made his presence felt for NLEX, dropping 35 points, 21 rebounds, and seven assists.

Despite his monster numbers though, the Road Warriors had trouble putting Columbian away.

NLEX unloaded an 11-0 run in the fourth for a 102-89 lead but the Dyip countered with an 8-0 run of their own.

Ultimately though the Road Warriors would do just enough in the final two minutes and change to take the 12-point win over the pesky Columbian crew.

"We knew that coming in, Columbian is no push over. We told the team that we need to earn this team tonight. For some reason, we were able to defend well in the second half. We are happy about that," assistant coach Jojo Lastimosa said.

"We like our situation now. Right now, we are doing well defensively and that is going to be our weapon when Coach Yeng comes back," he added.

After Fuller four other locals scored in double figures for NLEX with Larry Fonacier firing 17 points. Kenneth Ighalo added another 15.

For the Dyip, who remain winless in three games, import Akeem Wright went for 37 points while Jerramy King was good for 22.

 

The Scores:


NLEX 116 - Fuller 35, Fonacier 17, Ighalo 15, Quinahan 10, Galanza 10, Tallo 7, Mallari 7, Marcelo 6, Miranda 3, Tiongson 3, Paniamogan 3. 

Columbian 104 - Wright 37, King 22, Khobuntin 10, McCarthy 9, Gabriel 9, Lastimosa 7, Cahilig 6, Escoto 4, Ababou 0, Tubid 0, Camson 0, Cabrera 0, Celda 0. 

Quarters: 33-34, 64-62, 91-87, 116-104

 

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