Hodge, Abueva lift NLEX over Blackwater | Inquirer Sports

Hodge, Abueva lift NLEX over Blackwater

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 07:00 PM May 31, 2012

MANILA, Philippines—Cliff Hodge led the way as NLEX ground out an 86-77 win over Blackwater Thursday and seized a 1-0 head start in their PBA D-League Foundation Cup best-of-three semifinals series at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Hodge, a defensive specimen with his length and athleticism, had 22 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

The Elite kept within striking distance and even held a 65-64 edge nearing the six-minute mark of the final quarter.


The Road Warriors, though, went on a series of scoring spurts to finally put away their gutsy foes. A basket by Garvo Lanete put NLEX ahead, 80-71, with 2:10 left.


Calvin Abueva also put up big numbers with 13 points and 16 rebounds.

Paul Zamar paced Blackwater with 18 points, 12 coming from downtown.

Game 2 will be on Tuesday at the San Juan Gym.

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