NLEX buries Blackwater, strengthens bid for playoff spot

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NLEX seized its fourth win by making it rain against Blackwater, 122-101, in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Philip Paniamogan drained five triples and dropped 22 of his 25 points in the second half to help the Road Warriors improve to 4-5 in the standings.

A Paniamogan layup gave NLEX its largest lead of the game at 29, 84-55, with under five minutes left in the third quarter, but an upset-minded Blackwater didn’t let up and trimmed the lead to as low as nine, 86-95, early in the final frame.

But NLEX’s main guns were just too much as they restored the lead to 20 after two straight threes from Bong Galanza gave them a 110-90 lead with three minutes left in the game.

Philip Paniamogan (Photo credit: PBA Media Group)

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JP Erram was impactful in just 23 minutes for NLEX and tallied 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.

Galanza sank six threes and ended up with 18 points, while Kenneth Ighalo added five treys and 17 points.

Allein Maliksi led the way with 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Blackwater, who dropped out of playoff contention after falling to 2-8.

THE SCORES

(NLEX 122) – Paniamogan 25, Erram 20, Galanza 18, Ighalo 17, Tiongson 13, Quinahan 8, Porter 6, Tallo 5, Soyud 4, Lao 4, Baguio 2, Taulava 0, Magat 0, Varilla 0.

(Blackwater 101) – Maliksi 20, Digregorio 17, Tratter 16, Desiderio 12, Belo 11, Cortez 6, Banal 6, Dario 6, Sumang 5, Jose 2, Sena 0, Al-Husaaini 0, Javier 0.

Quarters: 23-22, 57-42, 89-72, 122-101.

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