PBA: NLEX keeps playoff push alive after big win over Elite

Paul Lintag on Mar 17, 2019 06:28 PM
PBA: NLEX keeps playoff push alive after big win over Elite
Now winners of back-to-back games, NLEX improved to 4-5 which is good for 7th place in the team standings for the moment.

NLEX just added another huge win towards its playoff push.

The Road Warriors smashed the Blackwater Elite Sunday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, taking a huge 122-101 decision at the Big Dome.

Now winners of back-to-back games, NLEX improved to 4-5 which is good for 7th place in the team standings for the moment.

“We’ve been hitting our stride lately, we had a good game against Alaska and today,” head coach Yeng Guiao said.

“We’ve been playing good defense, effort was there,” he added.

After pulling away in the second quarter, the Road Warriors just kept pounding in the second half even as Blackwater tried to make a run for it in the fourth period.

NLEX led by as many as 28, 84-55.

Philip Paniamogan tied his career-high of 25 points to lead the Road Warriros on offense. Poy Erram, playing against his former team, added 20 points on top of 10 rebounds and two blocks.

Bong Galanza and Kenneth Ighalo added 18 and 17 points respectively for NLEX.

Blackwater is all but eliminated from the Philippine Cup with a 2-8 record for last place.

Allein Maliksi was the high man for the Elite with 20 points while Mike Digregorio added 17 points.


The Scores:

NLEX 122 - Paniamogan 25, Erram 20, Galanza 18, Ighalo 17, Tiongson 13, Quinahan 8, Porter 6, Tallo 5, Soyud 4, Lao 4, Baguio 2, Taulava 0, Magat 0, Varilla 0.

Blackwater 101 - Maliksi 20, Digregorio 17, Tratter 16, Desiderio 12, Belo 11, Cortez 6, Banal 6, Dario 6, Sumang 5, Jose 2, Sena 0, Al-Husaaini 0, Javier 0,

Quarters: 23-22, 57-42, 89-72, 122-101.

 

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