NLEX sends Blackwater to edge of elimination

NLEX sends Blackwater to edge of elimination

Philip Paniamogan sizzled off the bench for the Road Warriors. Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY—NLEX pummeled Blackwater, 122-101, in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.

The Road Warriors went on a tear in the second quarter, outscoring the Elite, 34-20, and opened a 57-42 halftime lead.

NLEX even extended its lead to as high as 24, 87-63, late in the third quarter.

However, Blackwater mounted a huge 23-8 run spanning to the fourth quarter to cut the lead down to just nine, 95-86, with 8:15 to play in the game.

That turned out to be the team's last gasp as NLEX answered with a 24-9 run to rebuild its largest lead before settling for the 21-point win.

Philip Paniamogan fired 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting, three rebounds, nine assists, and three steals for the Road Warriors, who moved up to 4-5, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

Poy Erram, playing for the first time against his former team, added 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, 10 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.

Allein Maliksi made 20 markers of his own with seven boards, three dimes, one steal, and one block for the Elite, who dropped to 2-8, putting them at risk of outright elimination.

Playing against the team that drafted them only to become part of the Erram trade, Abu Tratter made a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds with one assist and one steal, while Paul Desiderio had 12 markers, four caroms, and one assist.

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