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    NLEX deals Ginebra a deflating loss in its season debut

    Jul 18, 2021
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    NLEX beat an off-form defending champion Barangay Ginebra, 94-75, on Sunday for its first victory in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

    Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena combined forces as the Road Warriors improved to 1-1, bouncing back from an opening day one-point loss to Rain or Shine on Friday.

    The Road Warriors started the game strong then pulled away for good after outscoring the Gin Kings, 31-20, in the third quarter in a crucial win against the top favorite.

    “I expected us to play decently pero hindi ko inaasahan ganun kalaki ang lamang,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao.

    “We are actually very lucky that Ginebra is playing their first game. They were making the adjustments. This is not the full potential of Ginebra, of course. We are very lucky we got them on their first game.”

    Kiefer Ravena drives against Ginebra.

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    The Road Warriors raced to a 17-2 lead, and weathered the storm in the second half after the Gin Kings took a 35-34 lead in the second quarter.

    NLEX led, 70-50, after an 11-0 run in the third period.

    Alas collected 20 points, and Ravena added 19 points, five assists, and three steals for the Road Warriors.

    The win spoiled Christian Standhardinger’s debut with the Gin Kings. The former NorthPort standout had a solid outing with eight points and 10 rebounds for Ginebra.

    Japeth Aguilar had 15 points and five rebounds, as Scottie Thompson added 12 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists for Barangay Ginebra.

    The scores:

    NLEX 94 – Alas 20, Ravena 19, Trollano 11, Semerad 11, Quinahan 10, Cruz 9, Soyud 7, Miranda 5, Oftana 2, Porter 0, McAloney 0.

    Barangay Ginebra 75 – J. Aguilar 15, Thompson 12, Tenorio 11, Pringle 8, Caperal 8, Standhardinger 8, Chan 4, Devance 3, Tolentino 2, Enriquez 2, Ayaay 2, Dillinger 0, Salado 0.

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    Quarterscores: 26-15; 41-35; 72-55; 94-75.

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