Paul Lee adds another recognition after leading Magnolia to back-to-back wins
Just how good was Paul Lee?
The Hotshots use a big 3rd quarter to run away for good.
Paul Lee’s 3rd Quarter Run
54 Points from the Bench
NLEX coach stays wary of the Fuel Masters ahead of their encounter
Kiefer Ravena rocked the Elsa costume from the popular Disney movie Frozen during Rookie Initiation Night.
His numbers speak for himself.
Ravena, Quinahan lead balanced scoring to go 2-0 in the Philippine Cup.
25 Turnovers Hurt GlobalPort
59 Points from NLEX’s Bench
Both are proven scorers in their collegiate careers. Who will prevail on their Christmas clash?
So who will win tomorrow?
Prediction: The GlobalPort Batang Pier will win
Question: Who got a better debut in their respective debuts?
- Kiefer Ravena: 18 points, 12 assists, 7 rebounds, 7 for 11 shooting
- Jeron Teng: 16 points, 0 assists, 2 rebounds, 4 for 9 shooting
NLEX was able to hang on for a wire-to-wire win
Kia’s Impressive Start
Kia Kept on Surprising
Up and Down Battle in the Second Half
NLEX 119 – Ravena 18, Miranda 14, Alas 14, Mallari 13, Fonacier 12, Al-Hussaini 12, Quinahan 12, Tiongson 11, Baguio 5, Soyud 4, Ighalo 4, Taulava 0.
KIA 115 – Camson 24, McCarthy 14, Corpuz 13, reyes 12, Galanza 12, Celda 9, Ababou 9, Khobuntin 8, Paniamogan 7, Tubid 4, Yee 3, Caperal 0.
36-40, 64-68, 90-92, 119-115.
Here’s why according to Yeng Guiao
NLEX Road Warriors fell short against Rain or Shine
It’s huge! Kiefer Ravena’s salary means a lot is expected from him
— Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena) November 6, 2017
Christian Standhardinger picked 1st while Raymar Jose was 3rd overall in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.
Kiefer Ravena Signed Max Deal with NLEX Road Warriors
Hotshots barge into semifinals after eliminating NLEX
Paul Lee was the top scorer for the locals
Juami Tiongson later scored on a lay-up to tie the score at 37 apiece with under 6 minutes to play and then import Aaron Fuller scored on an offensive rebound to give the lead back to NLEX at 39-37 as Chito Victolero signaled that he wanted a timeout with 4:36 to play in the quarter.
Then, the Hotshots went on a 7-0 scoring run that began on Aldrich Ramos’ 3-pointer that was followed by a dunk by Kris Acox and a running shot by PJ Simon to put Star up by, at 45-43 only to watch JR Quinahan tied it up again with 12 seconds remaining in the first half.
That appeared to be the turning point as NLEX was plagued with turnovers and fouls as Paul Lee added another jumper to increase the lead to 14 under 2 minutes to go in the game.
Road Warriors vs Star HotShots Prediction
Star now assured of a Top 4 spot pending Meralco win
|Acox recovered from early slump help Star win. (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)|
The teams went into halftime with NLEX only leading by 8 points. NLEX held onto the lead for the majority of the first half after limiting the offensive output of Star’s import, Kristofer Acox who only had 2 points on 1 of 6 shooting.
Compared to his counterpart, Fuller already had 8 points of his own to go along with his 9 rebounds. But what doomed the Hotshots in the first half alone is their incapacity to make most of their shot attempts and to make things worse, Star, as a team, only made 1 of their 5 free throw attempts. One of the few things that kept Star in the game during the first half is their shooting from beyond the arc where they made 5 out of their 12 attempts as compared to the Road Warriors who only made 4 of their 15 attempts from downtown.
Both teams went on to exchange of made baskets as NLEX managed to bring the backup to 6 only to watch Star erased that lead. The Hotshots took the lead in the dying minutes of the quarter and by the end of the 3rd, Star’s lead was up 75-69 after Jio Jalalon drained a long-distance trey to beat the 3rd quarter buzzer.
From that point on, it’s an up-and-down battle as Star answered every basket that NLEX made until Justin Melton drained a three-pointer to bring the lead back to 8 with 5 minutes to spare in the game. Paul Lee put Star up by 12 after scoring on a well-contested lay-up with under 4 minutes to go on the clock. A few possessions later, Alex Mallari drained a much-needed three-point shot and a free throw to bring down the deficit to 8 until Mark Barroca nailed a jumper approaching the final 2-minute mark and followed by another jumper by Paul Lee to put the lead back to 12 with 1:30 to go. Star then blocked NLEX’s next attempt and that was it. Marc Pingris drained a jumper to pull the life out of the Road Warriors as Chito Victolero decided to sub out his import, knowing that they’ve already accomplished what they needed to accomplish.
Throughout the game, it was Star’s three-pointers that kept them within striking distance in the first half and it was also Star’s three-pointers that won the game for them as they combined for making 11 out of their 20 attempts from rainbow country.
Kevin Alas Signed a 3-year deal to play for NLEX Road Warriors, Hopefully, this time he will be for keeps
With the second pick of the 2014 PBA, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters picked Kevin Louie Platon Alas from Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
Last Trade: Ranidel De Ocampo goes to Meralco Bolts
Certified Contender: NLEX Road Warriors
“Parang mahirap pa makapaniwala. Tinalo namin ang San Miguel in a game down the stretch, we are developing some maturity, composure in the endgame” – NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.
Blackwater gets 2nd win while NLEX Gets 2nd loss
Walker, the former import of the Road Warriors scored 29 points but his defense played a big role late in the game.
BLACKWATER 107 – Sumang 32, Walker 29, Digregorio 18, Erram 8, Cruz 7, Pinto 7, Gamalinda 4, Sena 2, Miranda 0, Canaleta 0, Pascual 0.
NLEX 106 – Alas 19, Quinahan 13, Fuller 13, Al-Hussaini 11, Tiongson 11, Fonacier 10, Baguio 7, Mallari 6, Soyud 6, Monfort 5, J. Villanueva 5, Lastimosa 0.
Quarters: 32-29, 59-56, 84-86, 107-106.
Baguio, Baracael and Ababou Reshuffled
The Road is clear for NLEX as they continued to win games.
“To beat Rain or Shine is a testament to the progress of our team” – Coach Yeng
NLEX Road Warriors looks like a different team now after winning their 3rd game in as many games.
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.
QUARTERS: 26-27, 59-55, 84-81, 101-101, 122-114
Highlights of the NLEX vs Rain or Shine Game 7/26 by TV 5