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NLEX snaps skid, rallies past Ginebra

/ 07:31 PM February 03, 2018

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NLEX overcame a double-digit deficit in the third quarter to stop its four-game slide at the expense of Barangay Ginebra, 81-78, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday night at Cuneta Astrodome.

Larry Fonacier scored 17 points while JR Quiñahan added 14 off the bench, including back-to-back baskets that put the Road Warriors ahead for good, 79-77, with 1:57 remaining.

“It’s tough, really tough. I really don’t know how we won the game so please nobody ask me how we won the game,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.

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“We just put on an effort and sheer determination and some breaks in the endgame. The important thing for us is we break our losing streak and we gave ourselves a chance to be in the fight.”

Greg Slaughter, who returned after missing four games due to a hamstring injury, had the chance to tie the game but missed his second of two free throws with 5.6 seconds left.

The Road Warriors, who improved to 3-4, rose from 14 points down, 70-56, early in the third period with Fonacier’s five unanswered points turning the favor, 75-73, with 5:07 left.

Japeth Aguilar led the Gin Kings (3-4) with 21 points but air-balled a wide-open corner triple in the waning seconds before Slaughter grabbed the miss and was fouled. Slaughter had nine points, 12 rebounds and six assists in 26 minutes.

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TAGS: 2018 Philippine Cup, Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings, Greg Slaughter, Kiefer Ravena, Larry Fonacier, NLEX Road Warriors, PBA
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