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Mahindra clobbers NLEX to match best start

By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY—Mahindra lost a double-digit spread but recovered in time to pip NLEX, 106-99, in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday night.

The Enforcers led by as much as 12 points, 64-52, in the third quarter only to see the Road Warriors slowly coming back and even taking a 90-87 advantage with 5:21 left in the fourth.

Mahindra went on a pivotal 15-4 run in the dying moments to reclaim the lead for good.

Augustus Gilchrist led the Enforcers, who matched their best start in their young franchise history at 3-1, with 30 points, ten rebounds, three assists, and one block.

Al Thornton tallied 29 markers, nine caroms, and two dishes for the Road Warriors, who stumbled to 2-2.

Box Scores:

Mahindra 106-Gilchrist 30, Canaleta 21, Jaime 15, Digregorio 13, Ramos 12, Revilla 10, Dehesa 5, Guinto 0, Yee 0, Pinto 0, Hubalde 0.

NLEX 99-Thornton 29, Anthony 18, J. Villanueva 15, Taulava 10, Enciso 9, Alas 8, Lanete 5, Borboran 3, Khobuntin 2, E. Villanueva 0, Reyes 0.

Quarterscores: 27-20, 48-45, 74-70, 106-99

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