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NLEX holds off Columbian to get back on winning track

Aaron Fuller is back! PBA Media Bureau
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--NLEX stopped Columbian in the fourth quarter to take a 116-104 win in the PBA Governors' Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Wednesday night.

Engaging in a close battle with the Dyip for most of the first three quarters, the Road Warriors opened the fourth quarter with a huge 11-0 run to to take a 102-89 lead and held off the last ditch efforts of the Dyip later in the fourth as Aaron Fuller returned to the league with a bang.

Fuller, who was NLEX's import last year and replaced the injured Olu Ashaolu for this year's edition, tallied 35 points on 13-of-23 field goals, 21 rebounds, seven assists, and one steal as the team moved up to 3-1.

Larry Fonacier was NLEX's top local with 17 markers, one rebound, and four assists.

Akeem Wright made 37 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, and one steal for Columbian.

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