NLEX exploded in the fourth quarter and clobbered Blackwater Sports, 103-86, on Thursday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the JCSGO gym in Quezon City.
The Road Warriors went on a 36-14 blast in the fourth period to take firm control from a five-point deficit after three quarters.
NLEX improved its win-loss record to 8-1 and somehow got a measure of revenge after being beaten by the Elite in the Foundation Cup finals in June.
Trailing 67-72 at the end of the third, NLEX turned the tide with a 12-2 start to grab a 79-74 lead, enough to propel the Road Warriors to the win.
Blackwater Sports fell to seventh place with a 6-4 win-loss record, half-a-game behind idle Café France (7-4) for the sixth and final spot in the quarterfinals.
Kevin Alas topscored for the Road Warriors with 23 points while Ola Adeogun had 10 of his 18 points in the pivotal fourth period to go along with his 10 rebounds. Garvo Lanete added 17 points as Art Dela Cruz had 16 markers.
Allan Mangahas had 22 points for the Elite.
NLEX (103) – Alas 23, Adeogun 18, Lanete 17, Dela Cruz 16, J. Pascual 10, R. Pascual 8, Ganuelas 6, Raymundo 3, K. Pascual 2, Dela Rosa 0, Amer 0, Long 0, Hermida 0.
Blackwater Sports (86) – A. Mangahas 22, Ferrer 12, Llagas 12, Ciriacruz 11, Cruz 10, Bulawan 9, Pe 4, Manguera 2, Bagatsing 2, Acibar 2, Avillanoza 0, Austria 0.
Quarterscores: 17-16; 41-45; 67-72, 103-86.