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    Manny Harris delivers big blows as NLEX deals TNT a first defeat

    Oct 25, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    MANNY Harris led a key NLEX barrage in the third quarter as the Road Warriors dealt TNT a 126-113 defeat, the KaTropa's first in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Harris scored 20 of his 40 points in the third period to help NLEX seize control on the way to a third straight victory that solidified its hold of second place on a 6-1 win-loss record.

    TNT fell to 7-1 but stayed in first place, half game ahead of NLEX.

    “Great effort by the guys,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao. “Talk ‘N Text is such a strong team. There’s a reason they are undefeated at this point. We made sure we were ready for them. We prepared for this game.”

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    The Road Warriors outscored the KaTropa, 39-27, in a high-scoring third quarter behind Harris, who scored nine points in a 20-4 run that gave NLEX a 90-78 lead.

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    It was by no means a one-man show as a hook shot by Poy Erram capped a 10-2 start to the fourth quarter that enabled NLEX to build a 100-82 lead, the biggest by either side in the game.

    “We thought it would be a defensive game. The first half was really low (scoring). It still became an offensive game. It still became a shootout and we were just glad that we were up to it in terms of scoring on both ends,” said Guiao.

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    Kiefer Ravena added 16 points and 13 assists while Jericho Cruz scored 15 points. Erram contributed 14 points in a well-spread scoring for NLEX.

    The loss put to waste KJ McDaniels’ 42-point, 13-rebound effort for TNT. RR Pogoy also had 35 points for a TNT side that lost Jayson Castro to an ankle injury.

    The fast-starting KaTropa raced off to 21-11 lead but the gap evaporated to just two, 53-51 at the half.

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    The scores:

    NLEX 126 – Harris 40, Ravena 16, Cruz 15, Erram 14, Quinahan 10, Paniamogan 8, Soyud 8, Miranda 6, Galanza 5, Fonacier 3, Ighalo 1.

    TNT 113 – McDaniels 42, Pogoy 35, Rosario 11, Trollano 10, DiGregorio 6, Reyes 4, Taha 3, Vosotros 2, Carey 0, De Leon 0, Magat 0, Washington 0.

    Quarters: 24-26; 51-53; 90-80; 126-113.

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