Rafi Reavis tips in game-winner, Sangalang back to form as Star nips NLEX in tune-up
New Star coach Jason Webb plots a play in a tune-up game against NLEX. Karlo Sacamos

RAFI Reavis came to the rescue anew as Star edged NLEX, 75-73, on Tuesday in their tune-up game at the Ronac gym in San Juan.

The veteran big man, who scored the layup that held Alaska to an 83-83 draw in their exhibition last Wednesday, replicated his heroics, tipping in James Yap’s missed jumper at the buzzer that proved the difference in the nip-and-tuck affair.

“(Our performance) was good, but NLEX played really well considering they didn’t have a lot of players with them,” Hotshots coach Jason Webb said.

Ian Sangalang registered a game-high 21 points, while Justin Melton added 12 markers. Yap rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Hotshots with 11 points.

Yap nearly sealed the deal at 73-71 after making a contested layup with less than 30 seconds to go, but Jeckster Apinan drew a shooting foul on the end then converted two charities to knot the count and set the stage for Reavis heroics.

Apinan and Jonas Villanueva led the Road Warriors in scoring with 12 points apiece.

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