Fonacier gets PBA Player of Week nod for leading NLEX over SMB

Now healthy and ready to contribute, Larry Fonacier did just that on Sunday after spearheading NLEX’s confidence-building 103-100 win over powerhouse San Miguel Beer in their PBA Governors’ Cup encounter.

The 6-2 Fonacier highlighted his heroics by knocking down two huge three-point shots in a nip-and-tuck contest down the stretch to help the Road Warriors secure their sixth win in eight starts.

The 35-year-old Fonacier, acquired last May in a three-team trade, banged in 8 of his 16 points in the last period, added four rebounds and issued three assists—in a performance that earned him the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of Aug 21-27.

The seven-time PBA champion beat Rain or Shine guard Jericho Cruz and big man Raymond Almazan, Blackwater forward Bambam Gamalinda and Mike DiGregorio, TNT’s Kelly Williams and Roger Pogoy, Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter and Scottie Thompson for the weekly citation.

Fonacier, who has fully recovered from a foot injury, averages 9.38 points, 3.75 rebounds and 3.25 assists this conference.

The Road Warriors will take a week off and will be back in action Sunday against the GlobalPort Batang Pier.

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