NLEX shot the lights out Sunday and thus fully put the lights off on Blackwater’s flickering hopes of getting past the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations.
Philip Paniamogan, Bong Galanza and Kenneth Ighalo led a three-point shooting onslaught by the Road Warriors that pointed them to a 122-101 victory over the Elite at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The trio combined for 16 of NLEX’s total 21 triples that boosted them to as much as a 29-point spread en route to a second straight lopsided win.
Now with a 4-5 slate overall, the Road Warriors climbed up to seventh-running spot and can officially lay claim to one of the four remaining berths in the last eight if they rack up more wins against Barangay Ginebra on Saturday and Magnolia Ang Pambansang Manok on April 3.
“We still have two games left so worried kami na may chance pa na ma-cut kami. That’s why the Ginebra and Magnolia games are really going to be important for us,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao.
The win came on the heels of a 90-71 drubbing of Alaska and largely made possible by NLEX going 21-of-53 from deep.
NLEX 122 – Paniamogan 25, Erram 20, Galanza 18, Ighalo 17, Tiongson 13, Quinahan 8, Porter 6, Tallo 5, Soyud 4, Lao 4, Baguio 2, Taulava 0, Magat 0, Varilla 0.
Blackwater 101 – Maliksi 20, Digregorio 17, Tratter 16, Desiderio 12, Belo 11, Cortez 6, Banal 6, Dario 6, Sumang 5, Jose 2, Sena 0, Al-Husaaini 0, Javier 0,
Quarterscores: 23-22, 57-42, 89-72, 122-101.