With the team already on the ropes, the NLEX Road Warriors finally broke through in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a 100-91 drubbing of the Meralco Bolts at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Wednesday night.
The Road Warriors nearly squandered a huge 23-point lead but made the stops and the offensive conversions in the crunch to nail a first win after a lethargic 0-6 start in the midseason tourney.
Tony Mitchell dished out a huge game with 32 points and 20 rebounds, and himself made crucial plays to fend off the Bolts’ fourth-quarter fightback.
Meralco suffered a third straight loss and dropped to 3-5 overall.
NLEX coach Yeng Guiao, in his second game from vacation, expressed some relief as they finally got over the hump.
“Kahit papaano it’s something positive to pin our hopes on. Siguro it could also be an encouragement for us to keep on playing as hard as we can. Baka mag milagro pa,” said Guiao.
Despite the win, the Road Warriors are in a tight bind at 1-6. And they have a tough assignment next against the Barangay Ginebra Kings.
NLEX 100 – Mitchell 32, Cruz 16, Galanza 13, Paniamogan 8, Quinahan 7, Erram 7, Ighalo 6, Varilla 4, Lao 4, Tiongson 3, Paredes 0, Soyud 0.
Meralco 91 – Lawal 15, Newsome 14, Salva 14, Amer 13, Canaleta 10, Jackson 6, Pinto 6, Almazan 5, Caram 4, Faundo 2, Hodge 2, Hugnatan 0, Quinto 0.
Quarterscores: 27-25, 56-49, 85-70, 100-91.