Takeaways as the Road Warriors tie the series 2-2 against the Hotshots

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Having to endure two tough losses in the past two games of the series, the NLEX Road Warriors found a way to bounce back edging the Magnolia Hotshots with a score of 91-79, knotting the series 2-2 in their best of seven semi finals series.

Final: NLEX 91-79 Magnolia

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After taking note the keys to this pivotal Game 4, here are the takeaways from the game:

Rookie sensation Kiefer Ravena led the scoring for the Road Warriors with his impressive offensive arsenal, notching 20 points off the bench, along with three rebounds and five assists. He got some help from double-digit scoring performances by JR Quinahan, Kevin Alas, and Larry Fonacier, with 14, 13, and 10 respectively.

– Despite being sloppy with the ball early due to missed defensive rebounds and turnovers, NLEX was able to overcome their miscues by unloading a 14-0 run to start the second half. While Magnolia was able to cut the deficit for as low as eight, NLEX broke the game wide open by extending the lead to 16 points in the fourth period.

– Magnolia’s big guns like Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang have struggled mightily from the field, combining for 8-26 shooting. The Road Warriors did a good job on keying their defense on them, stymieing their rhythm offensively throughout the game.

– For the first time this series, bench production has proven to turn the tides of the game to the Road Warriors’ favor. Seldom used forward Jansen Rios and Raul Soyud provided quality minutes producing 5 and 9 points respectively, while shooting at an efficient rate.

– NLEX Head Coach Yeng Guiao seems to be more than willing to tinker with different lineups. In stark contrast, Magnolia Head Coach Chito Victolero has stuck through the same starting five throughout this series so far. It will be interesting how these contrasting strategies would affect the complexion of the rest of this series.