NLEX ends Blackwater’s unbeaten run, Magnolia dominates Rain or Shine

NLEX Road Warriors 124 – Blackwater Elite 106

The NLEX Road Warriors welcomed back head coach Yeng Guiao and big man Asi Taulava with a big win. They take down the previously undefeated Blackwater Elite with an all-around effort from the entire team. The Road Warriors win their fourth game in six tries.

John Pinto’s three-point shot midway through the first period gave the Elite a three-point lead. That was the last time they would be in the driver’s seat. Larry Fonacier, Juami Tiongson and Bong Galanza sparked a 10-2 run that gave NLEX a five-point lead. In the second period, it was Aaron Fuller and Raul Soyud that led the charge. The two teamed up to give the Road Warriors their first double-digit lead as the game headed into halftime.

NLEX steadily poured on the points in the second half. Fonacier and Kenneth Ighalo powered the Road Warriors with their outside jumpers to pile on to the lead. Ighalo’s three-pointer midway through the third period gave NLEX a 23-point lead. They’d cruise on to an easy win the rest of the way.

Fuller had a big game with 24 points and 20 rebounds. Fonacier also scored 24 on six treys. Ighalo added 18 points and six rebounds. The Road Warriors shot 47% from the field. They waxed hot from beyond the arc with 20 makes at a 45% clip.

Magnolia Hotshots 92 – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 76

The Magnolia Hotshots bounced back from a tough loss by pounding the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Magnolia rises up to 3-1 while Rain or Shine remains winless in two games. Paul Lee led Magnolia with 22 points and seven assists. Romeo Travis also scored 22 points and grabbed 16 boards.

After a tight first quarter, the Hotshots suffocated the Elasto Painters with solid defense allowing them to go on a 14-2 run to build a double-digit lead. Gabe Norwood opened the quarter with a three-pointer and a jumper to cut the deficit down to just five points. Unfortunately, Rain or Shine wouldn’t score again until the three minute mark of the game. Sangalang sparked the run with back-to-back hits inside while Paul Lee and PJ Simon added bombs from the outside. Magnolia took a double-digit lead heading into the half.

Magnolia wouldn’t relinquish the double-digit lead the rest of the way. Beau Belga scored on a jumper near the end of the third quarter to cut the lead down to eight. But Lee answered right back with a jumper of his own to end the period still with a 10-point lead. Magnolia increased their lead to as high as 20 points in the final quarter behind the production of Lee, Sangalang and Romeo Travis.