NLEX registers come-from-behind win over Blackwater in first game sans Kiefer Ravena

SOURCEPBA


PBA Media Bureau

Arnett Moultrie, Juami Tiongson and Alex Mallari led a spirited comeback from a 10-point deficit as NLEX frustrated Blackwater, 93-89, despite the absence of rookie Kiefer Ravena Wednesday to revive its quarterfinals bid in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Moultrie scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Tiongson hit a go-ahead jumper and a key stop that set up a Mallari three-point play to complete the Road Warriors’ comeback after trailing 77-67 early in the payoff period.

NLEX improved to 2-4, winning its first match since Ravena was banned for 18 months by FIBA after testing positive for three banned substances in the previous window of the 2019 World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Road Warriors management have decided to keep Ravena out of action until the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas secures a formal clarification from FIBA regarding his PBA status.

Returning import Henry Walker struggled in his first game for the Elite since replacing Jarrid Famous more than a week ago, scoring 12 points on 2-of-15 shooting.

The scores:

NLEX 93 – Moultrie 26, Tiongson 10, Mallari 10, Fonacier 9, Rios 8, Monfort 5, Baguio 5, Marcelo 5, Soyud 5, Ighalo 5, Quinahan 3, Miranda 2.

Blackwater 89 – DiGregorio 25, Maliksi 16, Erram 14, Walker 12, Cortez 4, Belo 4, Al-Hussaini 4, Sumang 3, Palma 3, Zamar 2, Jose 2, Pinto 0.

Quarterscores: 26-18, 42-40, 67-71, 93-89.

TRENDING

2018 Commissioner’s Cup Team Standings

The 2018 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner's Cup, also known as the 2018 Honda–PBA Commissioner's Cup for sponsorship reasons, will be the second conference...

San Miguel acquires Kelly Nabong from GlobalPort for Gabby Espinas, future draft pick

The San Miguel Beermen have added another key piece to their already vaunted front court rotation by acquiring volatile big man Kelly Nabong from...
video

WATCH: Brgy. Ginebra vs Columbian Game Highlights [June 20, 2018]

After a brief battle in the early minutes, Barangay Ginebra hammered Columbian Dyip hard en route to a 134-107 victory that pushed the Gin...

Arwind Santos, Anthony Semerad, Don Trollano slapped with P20K fine each for incurring FFP2

San Miguel's Arwind Santos and the TNT duo of Anthony Semerad and Don Trollano were each slapped with a P20,000 fine by the PBA...

PBA releases partial 2018 Commissioner’s Cup elims schedule

The PBA has released through its social media accounts a partial schedule of the upcoming 2018 Commissioner's Cup signed by no less than league...

LOOK: Paolo Taha pens heartfelt gratitude to Brgy. Ginebra officials, coaches, teammates and fans

A day after being dealt to the GlobalPort Batang Pier for rookie Julian Sargent, Paolo Taha took to Instagram to express his heartfelt gratitude...