NLEX outworked and outfought Meralco in a tough duel, carving out a 100-94 decision to grab second place behind Star at the resumption of the PBA Governors Cup at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Sunday night.
The Road Warriors dominated the boards and scored numerous baskets off offensive rebounds to highlight a crucial closing salvo that got them back on track after a loss to the Barangay Ginebra Kings the last time out.
Aaron Fuller delivered 25 points and 18 rebounds while Kevin Alas, Larry Fonacier and JR Quinahan came through with double-digit outputs off the bench as the Road Warriors moved up to second place behind Star (3-0) at 5-1 card while dropping Meralco to third at 4-1.
“Meralco is a good team especially in import-laden conference. They’re a good test and we passed a difficult test tonight,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao.
For the fiery NLEX bench chieftain, the biggest key was challenging Meralco’s dreaded defense.
“As good as Meralco was on defense, we’re able to execute. We’re getting to the basket and we’re getting to the line. The good formula to beat a good defense is to keep attacking them,” said Guiao. – PBA
NLEX 100 – Fuller 25, Alas 21, Fonacier 16, Quinahan 10, Mallari 8, Soyud 5, Lastimosa 5, Tiongson 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Ighalo 2, Taulava 2, Rios 1, J. Villanueva 0.
MERALCO 94 – Durham 26, Hugnatan 25, Amer 14, Sedurifa 9, Dillinger 8, Nabong 7, Newsome 5, Lanete 0, Caram 0, Chua 0, Tolomia 0.
Quarterscores: 16-24, 41-44, 63-64, 100-94.