NLEX records third straight win; GlobalPort holds off Phoenix

The NLEX Road Warriors continued its impressive run as it edged the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 122-114, in double overtime to remain its flawless record in the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup last July 26 (Manila time) at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

NLEX capitalized on the Painters turnovers in the endgame to pull away and registered their third straight win.

Aaron Fuller drives through a pair of E-Painters defenders. (Photo courtesy of: philstar.com)

Reinforcement Aaron Fuller came up big with 33 points, 20 rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block in over 48 minutes.

Kevin Alas added 24 markers, 10 boards, five assists and a steal while committing only a turnover in 38 minutes of play.

JD Weatherspoon led Rain or Shine with 20 points and 16 rebounds while Beau Belga contributed 15 markers and nine boards.

In the second game, the GlobalPort Batang Pier paraded a new import in Murphy Holloway and came up with the team’s first win of the conference, a 100-91 decision over the Phoenix Fuel Masters.

GlobalPort’s Murphy Holloway lays one up over Phoenix’s Doug Karmer. (Photo courtesy of: sports.inquirer.net)

The victory was with scary moments as GlobalPort’s 30-point lead almost disintegrate in the light of a furious Phoenix comeback but to no avail.

Holloway delivered a monster game with 29 points and 26 rebounds and spitfire guard Terrence Romeo added 21 points and five assists.

Romeo was instrumental in dousing the Fuel Masters rally by hitting the biggest baskets in the endgame.

Eugene Phelps carried Phoenix with 32 markers, 17 caroms, dished five assists, a steal and a block in 46 minutes.

 

First Game:

NLEX (122) – Fuller 33, Alas 24, Quinahan 13, Fonacier 11, Lastimosa 10, Mallari 9, Tiongson 6, J. Villanueva 5, Taulava 4, Soyud 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Ighalo 2, Monfort 0, Rios 0.

Rain or Shine (114) – Weatherspoon 20, Belga 15, Yap 14, Ahanmisi 13, Chan 12, Norwood 10, Cruz 10, Almazan 10, Tiu 9, King 1, Ponferada 0.

Quarterschores: 26-27, 59-55, 84-81, 101-101, 122-114.

 

Second Game:

GlobalPort (100) – Holloway 29, Romeo 21, Arana 13, Pringle 11, Anthony 9, Grey 5, Van Opstal 4, Guinto 3, Pennisi 3, Ababou 0, Cortez 0, Mamaril 0.

Phoenix (91) – Phelps 32, Eriobu 11, Intal 11, Jazul 10, Baguio 5, Alolino 5, Dehesa 5, W. Wilson 4, Wright 4, J. Wilson 2, Kramer 2, Hayes 0, Borboran 0.

Quarterscores: 26-15, 54-36, 82-59, 100-91.

 

 

 

Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris’ follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80’s and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Global Basketball is Aris’ second writing assignment besides Asia-basket.com. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.

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