Olmin Leyba – The Philippine Star
February 19, 2022 | 12: 00am
MANILA, Philippines — Derailed the last three games, NLEX revved up again in opposition to winless Blackwater and bought wait on heading in the suited direction with a 117-97 romp the day earlier than this day in the PBA Governors’ Cup on the Beautiful Araneta Coliseum.
The Avenue Warriors came out of the opening tip with weapons blazing, storming to an early 20-level head originate that served as a constructing block for their bounceback fifth steal in eight games and enhanced their quarterfinal force.
KJ McDaniels easy 24 aspects, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks while Jericho Cruz (22), Kris Rosales (18), Kevin Alas (15) and Don Trollano (11) contributed intently as NLEX rebounded from losses to Phoenix Mammoth LPG, Meralco and Magnolia.
“Gusto naming ma-spoil yung dropping race. We felt if we lose again, this would well very successfully be a gigantic gap we is doubtlessly now not in a situation to achieve wait on wait on from so importante itong panalo sa amin,” mentioned NLEX coach Yeng Guiao.
The Avenue Warriors moved up to fifth space while including to the woes of the Bossing, who fell to 0-7 for the tournament and zero-26 overall dating wait on to the 2020 Philippine Cup.
TNT wrapped up its grueling resumption slate with a masterful 119-92 blowout of holder Barangay Ginebra to climb to eighth space at 4-4.
The hardworking Tropang Giga banked on their sizzling 53.8-p.c three-level taking pictures (21-of-39) to outclass the Gin Kings (3-3) in entrance of an engaging crowd and claim their 2nd steal in the four-game gig over an eight-day stretch.
The Tropang Giga, who lawful two nights ago drubbed San Miguel Beer, 96-81, after earlier defeats to Phoenix and Magnolia, obtained ground even as they constructed momentum for their stint with Gilas Pilipinas in subsequent week’s World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
“These (SMB and Ginebra) were two vital games for us; if we didn’t pull it off, we’d be in deep distress. No lower than now we bought ourselves wait on to .500,” mentioned TNT mentor Chot Reyes.
Mikey Williams fired 26 and Ryan Reyes erupted for 24 spiked by an 8-of-9 clip from the deep to energy TNT to victory.
“We additionally felt Blackwater is due for a steal at some level. Syempre ayaw namin na kami pa yung mabiktima nila. That change into once additionally in our mind,” mentioned Guiao.
Blackwater came tantalizingly shut to a success again if now not for a slack meltdown in a 109-103 heartbreaker to Terrafirma last Saturday.
And for the describe, NLEX change into once in level of fact the last crew Blackwater defeated prior to that long drought, 98-88, in their Oct. 17, 2020 duel in Clark.
“We were cautious that can happen. Blackwater has a in actuality supreme import (Shawn Glover). Siguro kung meron lang nakasuportang ilan pang avid gamers, we’d agree with been in distress,” Guiao mentioned.
Glover banged in 39 aspects and added 15 rebounds in his 2nd game for Blackwater.
The Avenue Warriors grew to become the defensive screw supreme in the opening 12 minutes, preserving Blackwater to a lowly 6-of-22 (27.3 p.c) taking pictures while making 54.5 p.c of their 22 makes an are attempting.
With Cruz, Rosales, McDaniels and Trollano as instigators, the Avenue Warriors uncorked a 28-6 salvo to bask in a 34-14 budge.
Guiao’s prices didn’t let up and widened the opening to a high of 26 at 86-60 and foiled every rally strive of Blackwater.
In the intervening time, spotless leader Magnolia (5-0) objects its sights on a guaranteed Final-8 berth tonight because it shoots for steal No. 6 in opposition to Phoenix (4-2).
The Hotshots, who are playing their simplest originate under coach Chito Victolero, intend to retain going irrespective of hurt factors to swingmen Calvin Abueva (calf) and Rome dela Rosa (hamstring).
Emotion-pushed Alaska (4-2), meanwhile, goes for its third straight steal at 4 p.m. in opposition to Terrafirma (2-4).
The Aces are on their farewell tour in the PBA and made it their mission to contend for a 15th franchise championship sooner than leaving for supreme.