White posts double-double as Mahindra fends off NLEX for first win

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White posts double-double as Mahindra fends off NLEX for first win

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James White scores 30 points and grabs 22 rebounds for Mahindra


MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Comebacking import James White scored a game-high 30 points as the Mahindra Floodbuster earned their first conference win, 89-81, against the NLEX Road Warriors in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday, March 24 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. 

In a match between teams itching to break into the win column, the Floodbuster cruised to an early lead as they shot slightly better, recording 40% shooting from the field as compared to NLEX’s 37%. 

The Road Warriors struggled from the free throw line throughout the match, sinking only 13 of their 26 FTs as they failed to complete a rally late in the fourth. 

White listed 20 of his 30 points in the first half, and likewise wrapped the night up with 23 rebounds to finish with a huge double-double for Mahindra. 

LA Revilla contributed 9 points, 4 rebounds as well as 5 assists for the Floodbuster, while Ryan Arana and Reden Celda both put up 9 off the bench. 

Wayne Chism anchored NLEX with a double-double of his own, posting 28 markers on 10-of-18 shooting to go with 21 boards and 4 blocks.

Jansen Rios, who provided a spark for the Road Warriors down the stretch, meanwhile finished with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting as well as 6 rebounds and 4 dimes. 

The Road Warriors remain in search of their first win as they drop to 0-3. 


MAHINDRA (89) – White 30, Revilla 9, Celda 9, David 9, Arana 9, Mallari 7, Yee 5, Paniamogan 3, Galanza 3, Deutchman 2, Apinan 2, Salva 1, Ballesteros 0.

NLEX (81) – Chism 28, Rios 15, Camson 8, Soyud 7, Lnete 6, Alas 5, Taulava 4, Lastimosa 2, Tiongson 2, Guinto 2, Khobuntin 2, Baracael 0, Monfort 0, J. Villanueva 0. 

Quarter scores: 24-18, 44-34, 68-62, 89-81. – Rappler.com

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