Alex Mallari scores 30 to lead Mahindra past NLEX, 106-96

Alex Mallari fell one assist shy of a triple-double as the Mahindra Floodbuster registered their third victory after rolling past the NLEX Road Warriors, 106-96, in the clash of already-eliminated teams in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.

Mallari tallied a career-high 30 points to go along with 10 rebounds and nine assists for an all-around effort for the Floodbuster who improved to 3-7.

Mallari also got help from Reden Celda, who finished with 18 points.

But the victory came at a price as rookie center Russell Escoto was stretchered off in the second quarter after hurting his left knee. He suffered the injury after an awkward landing. –

The scores:

Mahindra Floodbuster 106 – Mallari 30, Celda 18, Escoto 12, Galanza 11, Apinan 10, Revilla 9, Deutchman 6, Ballesteros 5, Paniamogan 3, Eriobu 2, Yee 0, Elorde 0, Teng 0, Salva 0.

NLEX Road Warriors 96 – Camson 17, Guinto 13, Baracael 10, Khobuntin 9, Lastimosa 9, Alas 8, Rios 6, J. Villanueva 6, Monfort 5, Lanete 4, Taulava 4, Soyud 2, Gotladera 2, E. Villanueva 1.

Quarters: 22-27, 57-49, 77-77, 106-96.



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