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    Lucky 13 as NLEX completes title sweep

    Jun 14, 2012
    NLEX's Cliff Hodge tries to slice through the defense of Big Chill's Jewel Ponferada and Alex Mallari. Jerome Ascano

    NLEX completed a clean sweep of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup with an 82-62 victory over Big Chill on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    The Road Warriors collected their third consecutive championship in style, finishing the conference unscathed in 13 matches as they stamped their class in the fledgling league.

    “Finally, we got 13-0 and the three-peat. I credit the players and management for the all-out support," said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez during the title celebrations.

    "This team really deserves to win kasi they sacrificed a lot with their practice schedules and injuries but still, we came out as champions again this conference.” 

    NLEX scored the final four points of the second period for a 36-30 halftime lead before opening the third with a 16-6 run to make it 52-36.

    Emman Monfort had 13 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals, Ian Sangalang had 11 points while Kirk Long, Garvo Lanete and Calvin Abueva each had 10 markers.

    On its way to the title, NLEX swept its nine elimination round assignments and blanked Blackwater Sports in the best-of-three semifinal series.

    The Road Warriors achieved the rare feat despite missing key players RR Garcia, Calvin Abueva and Ian Sangalang at one point during the conference due to their school commitments.

    Monfort sparked a Road Warriors run that gave NLEX a double-digit lead at 43-32.

    Mac Montilla was able to cut the gap to nine points for Big Chill, 57-48, in the fourth but back-to-back three-pointers by Woody Co and Monfort in an 8-0 NLEX run further widened the gap, 65-48.

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    Raffy Reyes had 19 points, Keith Jensen had 15 and Montilla finished with 10 for Big Chill. Alex Mallari, who topscored in Game One with 28 points, was limited to six points on two-of-nine shooting from the field.

    The scores:

    NLEX 82—Monfort 13, Sangalang 11, Long 10, Lanete 10, Abueva 10, Hodge 8, Garcia 7, Pascual 6, Co 4, Marcelo 3, Hermida 0, Suguitan 0, Ellis 0, Dehesa 0.

    Big Chill 62—Reyes 19, Jensen 15, Montilla 10, Mallari 6, Ponferada 4, Viernes 2, Collado 2, Villahermosa 2, Tan 2, Cortes 0.

    Quarterscores: 18-20, 36-30, 55-45, 82-62.

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    NLEX's Cliff Hodge tries to slice through the defense of Big Chill's Jewel Ponferada and Alex Mallari. Jerome Ascano
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