NLEX weathered an early Globalport onslaught and relied on its solid endgame performance to post a convincing 114-98 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.
The Road Warriors chalked up their second straight victory and improved to a 5-5 win-loss record tied with idle Meralco while dealing the Batang Pier their third straight defeat in the season-ending conference.
Globalport skidded to a 3-7 card.
Henry Walker once again provided the offensive firepower for NLEX, finishing with 35 points.
But the man of the hour was Garvo Lanete, who provided the spark the Road Warriors needed to come alive in the second half.
Lanete capped the night with a new career-high 25 points -- including five three-pointers -- to seal the deal for NLEX.
This was also the second time Lanete broke the 20-point barrier, having tied his career-high 21 points the previous game before shattering it again last night.
Jonas Villanueva contributed 14 points, while Kevin Alas and Asi Taulava chipped in 11 points apiece.
“We did a good job in stopping their big three in the second half,” said Road Warriors coach Boyet Fernandez. “We paid attention on (Mike) Glover, (Stanley) Pringle and (Terrence) Romeo.”
“Our guys don’t want to go on an early vacation. We’re not in the playoffs, we still have to play Alaska on Friday,” he added.
Actually, Globalport started off strong as Stanley Pringle, Terrence Romeo and import Mike Glover put up a 59-51 advantage at the break.
A different story unfolded in the third period as Alas and Taulava sparked an 11-4 run to trim the gap to one, 62-63 with 8:34 remaining.
NLEX took the driver’s seat courtesy of Walker’s trey for a 73-70 lead and sustained that run to erect an 88-79 lead.
Lanete then came into the picture, hitting his fifth three-pointer of the game to make it 96-82 with 9:37 remaining.
NLEX (114) -- Walker 35, Lanete 25, Villanueva J. 14, Alas 11, Taulava 11, Baracael 5, Anthony 4, Khobuntin 4, Villanueva E. 3, Akl 2, Monfort 0, Reyes 0.
Globalport (98) -- Pringle 27, Romeo 26, Glover 21, Salvacion 7, Semerad 6, Mamaril 5, Washington 4, Yeo 2, Taha 0.
Quarterscores: 25-31, 51-59, 88-79, 114-98.