NLEX bolsters top 4 bid, notches 7th win with 109-99 victory over Pringle-less GlobalPort

History is on NLEX’ side, but coach Yeng Guiao wants to be sure.

That explains why Guiao is not banking on a 109-99 victory over GlobalPort Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum alone in his Road Warriors’ bid to realize a coveted slot going to the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals.

Aaron Fuller came up with another monster game, Juami Tiongson delivered a career game and NLEX caught a big break in notching a second straight victory and seventh in nine games overall.

That slate kept the Road Warriors at fourth-running spot but practically assured them of at least a tie for a top four slot that carries with it a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarters.

“We have seven wins. I think we need eight to make it among the top four,” offered Guiao. “We have hard games coming up against TNT and Star so pag may natsambahan kaming isa doon baka top four kami. – PBA

The scores:

NLEX 109 – Fuller 33, Tiongson 21, Quinahan 18, Alas 12, Baguio 10, Mallari 8, Fonacier 4, Ighalo 3, Al-Hussaini 0, Lastimosa 0, J. Villanueva 0, Soyud 0, Taulava 0.

GLOBALPORT 99 – Holloway 29, Romeo 24, Anthony 15, Cortez 9, Arana 9, Guinto 6, Cardona 4, Baracael 3, Mamaril 0, Hubalde 0, Celiz 0.

Quarterscores: 33-22, 56-54, 78-76, 109-99.