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Purefoods back in winning ways after routing NLEX

By Ivan Saldajeno

Purefoods bounced back from huge loss on Sunday after trouncing NLEX, 92-76, in the nightcap of the PBA Philippine Cup games at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

After being dealt a 66-89 beating by the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel at the same venue five nights ago, the Hotshots cruised to a wire-to-wire win against the Road Warriors despite the latter chopping an 18-point lead to just nine with five minutes left.

P.J. Simon led Purefoods with 20 points.

Asi Taulava, on the other hand, scored a game-high 21 for NLEX.

Box Scores

Purefoods 92--Simon 20, Yap 19, Devance 19, Taha 7, Melton 6, Mallari 6, Barroca 5, Pingris 4, Maliksi 4, Reavis 2, Allado 0

NLEX 76--Taulava 21, Cardona 11, Ramos 10, Borboran 9, J Villanueva 7, R Villanueva 7, Camson 5, H. Arboleda 3, Baloria 2, Apinan 1, Raymundo 0, Canaleta 0, W. Arboleda 0

Quarterscores: 25-18; 50-37; 66-50; 92-76