NLEX pulls off an epic comeback, Blackwater and TNT collect key wins

The NLEX Road Warriors continue their rise in the PBA Governors’ Cup. They pulled off a stunning comeback win against Barangay Ginebra winning in OT, 113-111. NLEX bounces back from their first loss to rise up to 4-1. Ginebra drops their second straight game, falling to 1-2.

Ola Ashaolu led the Road Warriors with 25 points and seven boards. He was backed up by JP Erram who had 21 points and five rebounds. Kiefer Ravena came off the bench to take control of the offense and hit clutch shots. He scored 13 points and dished out 17 assists. Justin Brownlee had a monster triple-double in the loss. He finished with 42 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists.

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Barangay Ginebra looked like they were in full control midway through the game. They took a lead as high as 28 points and maintained a 28 point lead heading to the final period. That was when NLEX unloaded a 41-point quarter, ending with a game-tying three-pointer from Ravena to send the game into OT.

In OT, Ginebra took a four-point lead in the closing moments. But Phillip Paniamogan drilled a triple to cut the deficit down to one. Ravena then boarded a Brownlee miss and found Jericho Cruz for a three-pointer to take the lead. NLEX stole the win in OT.

The TNT KaTropa are still flying high above the rest of the league. They pick up their fourth straight win, fending off the Columbian Dyip 125-120. TNT rises up to 4-0 while Columbian drops down to a 2-2 record.

The KaTropa once again leaned on multiple weapons to for their explosive win. KJ McDaniels had 29 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks to lead the way. Jayson Castro scored 25 points and dished out six dimes while RR Pogoy scored 27 on three triples. Khapri Alston led Columbian with 38 points and 13 rebounds.

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The Dyip came back from a 13-point halftime deficit with a strong third quarter run. They were able to turn the game into a tight contest all the way to the end.

McDaniels put the KaTropa ahead by six with a big three-pointer near the end of the game. CJ Perez answered back with a three of his own to cut the deficit down to just three. The Dyip had their chances to tie the game but McCarthy and Perez missed their chances. The KaTropa sealed the win with two freebies in the final seconds.

In the first game of the day, the Blackwater Elite finally get a breakthrough win. They take down the NorthPort Batang Pier, 107-98 to end their two-game losing streak. Blackwater rises up to 1-2 while NorthPort takes on their third loss in four games.

Blackwater had a balanced scoring attack in the game. Bobby Ray Parks scored 21 points on 50% shooting to pace the team. Marqus Blakely scored 13 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked eight shots to help control the paint. Carl Bryan Cruz, Roi Sumang and Mike DiGregorio all got to double-digits. Mychal Ammons led NorthPort with 29 points and 17 rebounds.

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The Elite progressively took control of the game. Behind the all-around effort of Blakely and the balanced scoring of the entire team, Blackwater grew their lead to double-digits at the half. After that they were able to cruise to the easy win.