NLEX vs Meralco recap
Trollano carried the load and scored 11 of his 19 points in the final period to contribute to the Road Warriors’ pullaway over the Bolts.
NLEX improved its record to 3-2 win-loss, atoning for its defeat against Barangay Ginebra last Wednesday in a game that had its tense moments.
Coaches Yeng Guiao and Norman Black were slapped with a technical foul for a verbal altercation in the third while Cliff Hodge was slapped with a flagrant foul penalty one in the fourth after challenging a lay-up of Kevin Alas.
Trollano nailed a three to end an 8-0 run to increase the lead to 11, 78-67, with 5:59 left in the fourth. The former Adamson cager also scored six straight points for NLEX, and JR Quinahan drained a three for an 87-71 lead to put the game out of reach.
“Malaking bagay ito psychologically kasi sa Ginebra, malaki ang lamang namin, nahabol kami,” Guiao said. “Feeling ko may chance kami manalo sa Ginebra pero nagkulang sa end game. Ang usapan namin sa dugout, this is going to be a close game. What we want is to be a little bit matured, and maganda ang finish namin.”
“Pumasok ‘yung tres ni JR and we made the stops. We were able to get three or four stops straight. Malaking bagay ‘yun,” said Guiao.
Justin Chua had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Alas added 14 points and five rebounds for the Road Warriors.
Chris Newsome had 17 points for the Bolts as they fell in a tie with the Road Warriors with a 3-2 slate.
NLEX 90 – Trollano 19, Quinahan 16, Chua 15, Alas 14, Oftana 12, Rosales 5, Miranda 4, Ighalo 3, Soyud 2, Paniamogan 0, Semerad 0.
Meralco 75 – Newsome 17, Hugnatan 10, Black 9, Hodge 7, Caram 7, Maliksi 7, Jose 6, Banchero 5, Quinto 4, Pasaol 3, Belo 0, Baclao 0.
Quarters: 23-25; 47-42; 65-58; 90-75.