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    Jonathon Simmons, Kevin Alas spark NLEX romp over Blackwater

    Jan 25, 2023
    Jonathon Simmons NLEX vs Blackwater
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    NLEX setted down with import Jonathon Simmons and proceeded to whip Blackwater, 124-102, for a rousing debut in the PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Simmons had a quiet but efficient 32-point debut for the Road Warriors while adding nine rebounds and seven assists after getting a clearance to play in the PBA from his former team in China's CBA at the last minute.

    READ: Simmons gets last-minute clearance to play in PBA

    "Last night I slept early. I didn't want to think about it," said NLEX coach Frankie Lim, shrugging off the uncertainty over Simmons' situation. "But I was confident that he can play."

    Still, the Road Warriors needed a fourth-quarter explosion from guard Kevin Alas to put the hard-fighting Bossing away for good.


      The NLEX team captain scored 19 of his career-high 31 points to lead the Road Warriors' late breakaway.

      The 19 fourth-quarter points were also a career-high for Alas.

      Rookie Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser also had a solid game for the Road Warriors with 21 points, five rebounds, and three assists.

      It was a 98-93 NLEX lead at the six-minute mark of the final quarter when Alas got hot in a 19-7 run that enabled the Road Warriors to pull away for good.

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      Blackwater got 26 points, five rebounds, and seven assists from import Shawn Glover, including nine points in the third quarter to give the team a 70-66 lead.

      But Alas, Simmons, and Rosser connived in a strong finishing kick that enabled NLEX to take an 84-81 lead heading to the final period.


      The scores:

      NLEX (124) - Simmons 32, Alas 31, Ganuelas-Rosser 21, Semerad 15, Nieto 12, Gabo, Pascual 3, Trollano 3, Anthony 2, Miranda 0.

      Blackwater (102) - Glover 26, Ular 14, Amer 13, Taha 13, Suerte 9, Ilagan 8, McCarthy 5, Banal 4, Casio 3, Sena 3, Escoto 2, Torralba 2, Hill 0, DiGregorio 0.

      Quarterscores: 26-22, 58-56, 84-81, 124-102.

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