The NLEX Road Warriors continue to rise up this conference. They took down the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 111-91 to get their fourth straight win. The Road Warriors rise up to 7-1, taking the top spot in the standings. The Elasto Painters fall to 2-7 for the season.
Manny Harris had an all-around game for the Road Warriors. He tallied a triple-double of 29 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the win. Jericho Cruz and Kiefer Ravena provided support from off the bench. They combined for 25 points and 11 assists in the win. Rain or Shine’s new import Richard Ross led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds.
The Road Warriors used two solid runs in the third period to pull away for good from the Elasto Painters. Up by only two points at the end of the first half, NLEX started the second half on a 17-4 run behind momentum-building makes from Harris and JP Erram.
When the Elasto Painters cut their double-digit lead down to just eight points, the Road Warriors responded with a 15-5 run sparked by back-to-back triples by Cruz and JR Quiñahan. That blast closed the third period and put NLEX up by 18 heading to the final quarter. The Road Warriors wouldn’t allow the Elasto Painters back into the game after that.
In the second game of the day, Barangay Ginebra also got their fourth straight win, taking down the Blackwater Elite, 101-93. Ginebra rises up to 5-2 while Blackwater stays at the bottom of the standings at 2-7.
Ginebra got a balanced scoring effort from their top guys. Justin Brownlee had a triple-double with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists to lead Ginebra. LA Tenorio was the team’s leading scorer with 20 points from five three-pointers. Stanley Pringle scored 16 while Japeth Aguilar had 18 points from off the bench. Mac Belo led the Elite with 19 points.
Greg Slaughter, Pringle and Tenorio got the game started with three straight buckets for a 6-0 run. That set the tone for the game as the starters poured in a 14-2 run to extend a one-point lead to a 14-point advantage. Tenorio caught fire in that run scoring six-points to push his team ahead. Ginebra held on to the lead for most of the game after that.
In the fourth quarter, Blackwater was able to cut their deficit down to just four points after a make by Bobby Ray Parks. But Brownlee scored on a layup to answer that basket and extend the lead back to six. Art Dela Cruz nailed the dagger when he scored a floater with 25 seconds left in the game. Ginebra held on to the big win with those baskets.