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    NLEX finally sheds 'little brother' tag, brings down Talk 'N Text in PBA upset

    Nov 20, 2015

    NLEX refused to be bullied by its sister team this time as it stunned Talk ‘N Text, 107-101, to continue in its road to respectability in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    The Road Warriors climbed out of a huge 17-point hole as they drew a career games from Sean Anthony and rookie Simon Enciso to register their first-ever win against the Tropang Texters since taking over the Air21 franchise last year.

    The Road Warriors thus tied their victims with a 3-2 win-loss card.

    “It was a test of character for us,” Road Warriors coach Boyet Fernandez said. “We stole one game from Talk ‘N Text.”

    Anthony poured in a career-high 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting, on top of 12 boards, two assists, and one steal in 35 minutes off the benchwhile Enciso contributed 19 markers built around three three-pointers.

    Asi Taulava delivered as usual with 18 points and 18 boards, while Jonas Villanueva completed the double-digit scorers for NLEX with 10 markers, all in the payoff period as the duo led the team’s comeback along with Anthony.

    Taulava’s free throw that made 106-96 for the Road Warriors completed a 27-point turnaround after they trailed, 71-54, in the third quarter.

    Troy Rosario flashed his outside game, burying four triples on the way to finishing with a team-high 20 points, although Jayson Castro was held to just 15 points after missing all his eight treys following a 33-point effort against Star last week.


    The scores:

    NLEX 107 - Anthony 32, Enciso 19, Taulava 18, Villanueva J. 10, Khobuntin 7, Camson 4, Reyes 4, Alas 3, Borboran 3, Lanete 3, Apinan 2, Cardona 2.

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    Talk 'N Text 101 - Rosario 20, Fonacier 18, Seigle 17, Castro 15, Tautuaa 11, Carey 6, Rosser 6, Reyes R. 6, Williams 2, Aban 0, Miranda 0, Reyes J. 0.

    Quarterscores: 21-26, 44-49, 70-77, 107-101

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