NLEX’ own blend of youth and experience again bore the desired fruits Friday.
With Kiefer Ravena complementing what the likes of JR Quinahan, Larry Fonacier and Cyrus Baguio started, the Road Warriors notched a 91-79 victory over Magnolia Ang Pambansang Manok to even up their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Ravena scattered 11 of his gamehigh 20 points in the fourth quarter, each basket enabling NLEX to keep its distance from Magnolia and point it well on its way to a win following back-to-back setbacks in the best-of-seven series.
With the duel now tied at two games apiece, what could be a pivotal Game 5 is set Sunday at the Ynares center in Antipolo.
Ian Sangalang had his usual double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds and Paul Lee 11 points and Jio Jalalon 10, but their combined outputs were a far cry from the 63 markers they totaled in Game 3.
As a team, the Hotshots made just 28 of 76 field goal attempts to the Road Warriors’ 36-of-68 clip.
NLEX 91 — Ravena 20, Quiñahan 14, Alas 13, Fonacier 10, Baguio 9, Soyud 9, Rios 5, Tiongson 5, Mallari 4, Al-Hussaini 2, Miranda 0, Taulava 0
Magnolia 79 — Sangalang 15, Barroca 11, Lee 11, Jalalon 10, Dela Rosa 9, Ramos 9, Simon 6, Reavis 4, Gamalinda 2, Pascual 2, Brondial 0, Herndon 0, Melton 0, Mendoza 0
Quarterscores: 25-20, 41-39, 69-59, 91-79.