(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
4:30 p.m. -- Meralco vs. Phoenix
7 p.m. -- Globalport vs. Talk N Text
NLEX bucked the furious rally put up by Alaska in the payoff period to hold on to a 96-89 victory in
the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.
The Road Warriors weathered the incredible run of the Aces -- a crippling 32-4 salvo that
saw their 30-point advantage almost come up in smoke before managing to stop the bleeding and walk
away with the win.
NLEX improved to a 5-4 win-loss record as it notched its third straight victory while
snapping Alaska’s impressive six-game winning run.
Kevin Alas made up for some miscues with crucial charities while Raul Soyud sparked the
early surge for the Road Warriors before almost throwing away everything in the final quarter.
NLEX coach Yeng Guiao was visibly relieved after the final buzzer.
“I thought we would have a comfortable win, but I was wrong again,” Guiao said after the
game. “You really need a 30-ponit lead to beat Alaska. There’s a reason why they got six straight
wins, and they were just probably due for a loss.”
“I think this win is good for us in terms of learning a lot of lessons. The two games we won
before this were really hard games and I think they helped us in terms of just keeping our composure
in the endgame,” he added.
The Road Warriors had an 87-57 advantage with 9:46 left, but the Aces pulled to within two,
91-89, in the last 13.9 seconds before Alas, Kiefer Ravena and Larry Fonacier hit free throws to
seal the deal.
Down by only three, 92-89, with 11.6 ticks left, Alaska committed a costly turnover after
Kevin Racal’s error.
Alas finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, while Fonacier and Soyud
contributed 15 points each.
Ravena had a near triple-double effort with 12 markers, 10 assists, and six boards, while JR
Quiñahan got 12 points, five assists and four rebounds for NLEX.
NLEX (96) -- Alas 15, Soyud 15, Fonacier 15, Quiñahan 12, Ravena 12, Tiongson 8, Miranda 8,
Mallari 4, Baguio 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Gotladera 2, Taulava 0.
Alaska (89) -- Teng 12, Casio 12, Manuel 12, Cruz 10, Abueva 10, Enciso 10, Exciminiano 7,
Banchero 4, Thoss 4, Racal 4, Potts 3, J. Pascual 1, Baclao 0.
Quarterscores: 29-18, 52-32, 79-54, 96-89.