PBA Philippine Cup

NLEX thwarts Terrafirma to end PH Cup on winning note

Delfin Dioquino
NLEX thwarts Terrafirma to end PH Cup on winning note

END OF JOURNEY. NLEX wraps up its PBA Philippine Cup campaign at 9th place.

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NLEX falls just one win short from contending for a playoff spot in the PBA Philippine Cup

NLEX vented its frustrations of missing the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs on Terrafirma with a 127-101 demolition at the Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga on Wednesday, November 11.

Kiefer Ravena churned out 23 points on 5-of-8 shooting from deep to go with 5 rebounds and 4 assists as the Road Warriors, who finished at 9th place with a 5-6 record, wrapped up their campaign on a high note.

The win would have kept NLEX in contention for the quarterfinals, but its fate was already decided a day before when Rain or Shine secured the last playoff berth with a win over TNT.

“If we still had 2 or 3 more games, we’re still getting better,” Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao said as they won 4 of their last 5 games after a horrendous 1-5 start.

“Nobody really knows how to get by easily with the intricacies of the bubble,” Guiao added.

Raul Soyud had 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, while Jericho Cruz chimed in 12 points, 6 assists, and 2 steals in the win that saw NLEX overcome a first-quarter deficit.

The Road Warriors outscored the Dyip 74-45 in the middle quarters to break the game wide open.

Asi Taulava made his presence felt in the victory with 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 blocks in what could be the final game of his storied PBA career that started in 1999.

CJ Perez put up 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Dyip, who ended their stint with a 1-10 record.

Glenn Khobuntin and Aldrech Ramos had 18 and 15 points, respectively, in the losing effort.

The Scores

NLEX 127 – Ravena 23, Cruz 12, Semerad 11, Soyud 11, Taulava 11, Ayonayon 9, Paniamogan 9, McAloney 9, Miranda 8, Ighalo 7, Quinahan 5, Galanza 5, Varilla 0.

Terrafirma 101 – Perez 27, Khobuntin 18, Ramos 15, Camson 10, Celda 7, Tiongson 6, Batiller 4, Balagasay 2,Faundo 3, Cahilig 8, Gabayni 1, Agovida 0.

Quarters: 23-26, 55-44, 97-71, 127-101.

– Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.