The NLEX Road Warriors got back on the winning track after crushing the Blackwater Bossing, 90-73, in the PBA Philippine Cup at the DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga on Thursday, September 16.
NLEX halted its three-game losing skid and handed Blackwater its 18th straight loss dating back to last year’s bubble season, tying the league’s longest losing streak set by Great Taste in 1980.
The Road Warriors now improved to 5-5, while Blackwater remained winless in the conference with a dismal 0-10 record.
JR Quiñahan led the charge with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Philip Paniamogan had 14 markers for NLEX in the victory.
Coming off a disappointing loss to NorthPort on Sunday, the Road Warriors came out firing from the get-go and quickly built a 12-point lead, 23-11, with 5:05 remaining in the opening period.
Still leading by 12 points, 70-58, at the start of the final frame, the Road Warriors never looked back as they extended their advantage to 16 points midway through the quarter, 80-64, to put the hapless Bossing away for good.
Don Trollano added 12 points for the Road Warriors, while Kenneth Ighalo and Kevin Alas contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Simon Enciso finished with 17 points, 7 assists, and 3 rebounds, while Carl Bryan Cruz chipped in 14 points for the Bossing, who will look to put an end to their disastrous losing streak on Saturday when they take on the No. 2 Meralco Bolts.
NLEX 90 – Quiñahan 16, Paniamogan 14, Trollano 12, Ighalo 11, Alas 10, Porter 8, Cruz 8, Oftana 4, Mcaloney 3, Soyud 2, Miranda 2, Ayonayon 0, Galanza 0.
Blackwater 73 – Enciso 17, Cruz 14, Torralba 10, Canaleta 6, Golla 6, Magat 6, Daquioag 5, Desiderio 4, Tolomia 3, Escoto 2, Paras 0, Dennison 0.
Quarters: 28-22, 46-38, 70-58, 90-73.