PBA: NLEX posts first win, keeps NorthPort winless | Inquirer Sports
Close  

PBA: NLEX posts first win, keeps NorthPort winless

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 06:27 PM October 21, 2020
Kiefer Ravena

Kiefer Ravena helps NLEX post its first win. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines — NLEX pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat NorthPort, 102-88, and post its first win in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at AUF Sports Arena & Cultural Center in Angeles, Pampanga.

With the Batang Pier breathing down their necks, the Road Warriors went on a blistering 23-4 run that turned a one-point lead to a 96-78 buffer after a three-point play by Kiefer Ravena with 4:30 remaining.

ADVERTISEMENT

Ravena then made two free throws to make it, 100-80, with less than three minutes to go.

The star guard finished with 25 points, five rebounds and four assists while his backcourt mate Kevin Alas tallying a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds on top of six assists.

FEATURED STORIES

JR Quiñahan also came through for the Road Warriors, who avoided a 0-4 start, with 17 points.

NorthPort kept it close despite losing one of its main gunners in Sean Anthony, who suffered a right hamstring injury in the first quarter.

Kevin Ferrer had 18 points while rookie Sean Manganti added 16, including a basket that pulled the Batang Pier to within one, 77-76, with still 10:27 to go.

NorthPort, however, scored just two points in the next six minutes as NLEX, led by the tandem of Ravena and Alas, got into its groove.

The Batang Pier, who slipped to 0-4, went without a field goal for a six-minute stretch in the final frame before Christian Standhardinger ended the drought at the 4:08 mark.

Standhardinger grabbed 13 rebounds and had five assists but only scored seven points and took only six shots in close to 39 minutes of action.

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Christian Standhardinger, Kevin Alas, Kiefer Ravena, NLEX Road Warriors, Northport Batang Pier, PBA, Philippine Cup, Sean Anthony
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.