NLEX crushes Magnolia Pambansang Manok; evens series at 2-2

The NLEX Road Warriors crushed Magnolia Pambansang Manok on Friday night to even the series at 2-2. /PBA/

By Vivem Soriano
Eagle News Service

Rookie phenom Kiefer Ravena came off the bench and scored a game-high 20 points and dished out 5 assists to lead the NLEX Road Warriors to a 91-79 demolition of the Magnolia Pambansang Manok at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The series is now tied at 2-2 and will now head to a crucial Game 5 at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City on Sunday.

The game was close at the start, with NLEX entering the halftime break with just a 2-point lead, 41-39. But the Road Warriors came out with all guns blazing at the start of the 3rd quarter, pummelling Magnolia with a 14-0 run.

The Road Warriors led by as much as 17 points with the NLEX bench outscoring Magnolia 68-30.

Former Letran stalwart Kevin Alas scored 13 points for NLEX while also adding 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Veterans JR Quinahan and Larry Fonacier added 14 and 10 points respectively.

Ian Sangalang led Magnolia with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Marc Barroca and Paul Lee each added 11 points for the Pambansang Manok while second year guard Jio Jalalon scored 10 points with 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.


NLEX 91 — Ravena 20, Quiñahan 14, Alas 13, Fonacier 10, Baguio 9, Soyud 9, Rios 5, Tiongson 5, Mallari 4, Al-Hussaini 2, Miranda 0, Taulava 0

MAGNOLIA 79 — Sangalang 15, Barroca 11, Lee 11, Jalalon 10, Dela Rosa 9, Ramos 9, Simon 6, Reavis 4, Gamalinda 2, Pascual 2, Brondial 0, Herndon 0, Melton 0, Mendoza 0

Quarterscores: 25-20, 41-39, 69-59, 91-79