THE NLEX Road Warriors took down the defending champions Barangay Ginebra, 94-75, to nab their first win in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Still smarting after their deflating 82-83 loss to Rain or Shine on Friday, NLEX got off to a fast start and then, broke the game wide open in the third quarter with a huge 31-20 salvo that let them raise the lead to as high as 20.
Kevin Alas led the onslaught with 20 points while Kiefer Ravena was just as brilliant with 19 points, two rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block. Also helping out were Don Trollano and Anthony Semerad who tallied 11 points each while Cebuano forward JR Quiñahan completed a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds to go with three assists and three blocks.
More importantly, NLEX evened up their win-loss record to 1-1.
Scottie Thompson paced Ginebra with an all-around line of 12 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and three blocked shots. (JNP)