NLEX surges past ROS in morning clash

NLEX surges past ROS in morning clash

Kevin Alas got huge baskets from long range to lead the Road Warriors. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--NLEX continued its last dash to the PBA playoffs with a 94-74 rout of Rain Or Shine in the league's second morning tip-off on Wednesday at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center.

The Road Warriors clobbered the Elasto Painters, 52-35, in the second half to pull away for good even as Jericho Cruz helped the former finish the job with a masterful performance in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Alas banked on a solid three-point shooting and a perfect free throw clip to finish with 18 points alongside six rebounds, two assists, and one steal for NLEX, which has now won back-to-back games and moved up to 3-5 in the standings, momentarily taking the eighth and last quarterfinal spot.

Cruz added 17 points, 12 in the final frame, on 7-of-11 shooting, two rebounds, and three assists.

Rey Nambatac came off the bench to lead ROS, which fell to fourth place at 4-2, with 15 points, two rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Box Scores:

NLEX 94-Alas 18, Cruz 17, Quinahan 13, Soyud 9, Miranda 8, Ravena 7, Semerad 7, Paniamogan 5, Galanza 5, Varilla 3, McAloney 2, Ayonayon 0

Rain Or Shine 74-Nambatac 15, Ponferada 10, Norwood 7, Belga 7, Torres 7, Rosales 7, Mocon 5, Borboran 5, Wong 3, Onwubere 1, Yap 0, Tolentino 0, Arana 0, Doliguez 0

Quarterscores: 24-18, 42-39, 64-57, 94-74

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