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Fourth quarter run pushes NLEX to win against Ginebra

By Dugout Philippines

NLEX pulled away in the fourth quarter to trounce Ginebra, 97-81, in the nightcap of the PBA Philippine Cup games at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

After engaging in a close battle for most of the game, the Road Warriors, who trailed 67-71 early in the fourth, unleashed a 30-10 run in the end to spoil the Gin Kings' bid for a third straight win in their first Metro Manila game.

Mark Cardona scored 25 points on 11-of-21 shooting along with six rebounds to lead NLEX, which won its second game in three starts.

Chris Ellis converted 19 points for Ginebra, which ties NLEX with the loss.

Box Scores:

NLEX 97-Cardona 25, Villanueva J. 14, Canaleta 13, Ramos 10, Apinan 10, Taulava 9, Baloria 8, Borboran 6, Raymundo 2, Camson 0, Villanueva E. 0, Arboleda 0, Villarias 0

Ginebra 81-Ellis 19, Aguilar 17, Slaughter 13, Caguioa 8, Mamaril 6, Tenorio 4, Urbiztondo 3, Helterbrand 3, Yeo 3, Baracael 3, Brondial 2, Forrester 0, Reyes 0

Quarterscores: 18-20, 34-34, 62-66, 97-81