NLEX makes it four-in-a-row with 95-91 win over Phoenix



PBA Media Bureau

AS COACH Yeng Guiao himself admitted, the real test for his NLEX crew is coming.

For the moment, Guiao and his Road Warriors are determined to milk their continuing streak as long as they can.

Bannered the most by Carlo Lastimosa and Alex Mallari in the fourth period league-leading NLEX pulled off a 95-91 victory over Phoenix Sunday to stay unbeaten in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Aaron Fuller notched 18 points on top of 24 rebounds, but Lastimosa and Mallari shone the most in the fourth quarter and made possible the Road Warriors’ big fight back from a 10-point deficit earlier in the period.

Lastimosa scattered 11 of his 14 points in the canto and Mallari nine of his 14, capped by a booming triple that gave NLEX a 93-87 lead and fully put the game beyond Phoenix’s reach with only 9.5 seconds to go.

In the end, NLEX emerged with its fourth victory in as many games that solidified its first-ever hold of the leadership. – PBA

The scores:

NLEX 95 – Fuller 18, Mallari 14, Lastimosa 14, Alas 13, Quinahan 10, Fonacier 5, Monfort 4, Soyud 4, Tiongson 4, Taulava 4, Rios 3, Baracael 2, J. Villanueva 0, Al-Hussaini 0, Ighalo 0.

PHOENIX 91 – Phelps 31, Wright 17, Baguio 8, Jazul 8, Dehesa 8, Eriobu 7, Kramer 4, Intal 4, Lanete 4, W. Wilson 0, Alolino 0, Borboran 0.

Quarterscores: 14-15; 39-43; 64-69; 95-91.

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