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Nlex in upset win

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Game today

(Smart Araneta Coliseum)

4:30 p.m. -- Rain or Shine vs. Phoenix

6:45 p.m. -- San Miguel vs. Ginebra

ANGELES CITY --   NLEX   finally ended a long losing spell against  suster team  Talk N Text, posting a 110-98 win at the Angeles University gym  here Saturday.

Carlo Lastimosa scored  seven of his team-hgih 22 points to power NLEX to  only  its second win in  seven matches. 

Sean Anthony added 13 points and Kevin Alas contributed 12 points for NLEX.

Down by one 93-94 with seven  minutes left , NLEX  outscored  Talk  N Text, 17-4, the  rest of  the  way to turn the  game around and win pulling away.
   
The  beginning of the end for the Tropang Texters  came when they  were  whistled for a technical  foul for  fielding in only four players.
   
Garvo  Lanete nailed  the technicaa  free  throw to tie the score at 94-all.   
 
Bradwyn Guinto hit an undergoal layup and  Lastimosa  added  four  pressure-packed   free  throws to make it 100-96 for NLEX.
   
Jason  Castro carried the fight for the Tropang Texters with  17 markers, followed by Mo  Tautuaa with 15.
   
Action resumes today at he Araneta Coliseum with league-leading  San Miguel  Beer taking on  sister team  Barangay Ginebra in the featured game at 6:45 p.m..
   
The Beermen are looking for their sixth straight win that will strengthen their hold of the top spot while keeping themselves two games ahead of everybody, including Rain or Shine.
   
The two-time defending champions are going into the game with much momentum generated from their last Friday’s 118-93 romp over Blackwater in a game they reduced to mere workout in preparation for their remaining games, including against the Gin Kings today.
   
“It’s a good start to the year,” uttered SMB coach Leo Austria after that lopsided win over the Elite where June Mar Fajardo scored 25 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
   
That the Beermen managed to clinch the win with plenty to spare could be attributed to the team’s mindset that no team really can be taken for granted.
   
It was a kind of thought that was rewarding.
   
“The players were so focused. It was a blessing in disguise that we couldn’t take Blackwater for granted,” added Austria.
   
Austria said the Beermen have learnt a lesson from the past and that they are now trying to reach their peak in time in their bid to retain the title they won last season via historic rise from 0-3 down in the best-of-seven series.
   
Three other Beermen -- Gabby Espinas, Alex Cabagnot, and Marcio Lassiter -- scored in double-figures as they sent the Elite reeling to their  fourth loss in eight outings.
   
The scores:
   
NLEX (110) --  Lastimosa 22, Anthony 13, Alas 12, Camson 12, Guinto 11,  J. Villanueva 7, E. Villanueva 7,  Rios 6, Baracael 5, Lanete 4,  Taulava 3, Monfort 3, Khobuntin 3, Gotladera 2.
   
Talk N Text ( 98) -- Castro 17, Tautuaa 15, Rosales 15, Fonacier 9, Reyes 7, Rosario 7, De Ocampo 7, Williams 6, Rosser 6, Carey 5, Seigle 4, Golla 0, Pogoy 0, Tamsi 0.
   
Quarterscores: 24-26, 52-52, 85-81, 110-98