INTERAKSYON.COM | Mahindra vs Phoenix Final Game Result – 08/12/2016.
The NLEX Road Warriors made their way back to the winning track after warding off the Star Hotshots, 88-85, in PBA Governors’ Cup action Friday night at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Henry Walker posted 32 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Road Warriors (2-3) which snapped a three-game losing skid.
Garvo Lanete added 15 markers, while Asi Taulava tallied 10 points and 13 boards. Jonas Villanueva also had 10 points.
New Hotshots import Joel Wright scored 28 points and 15 rebounds in his PBA debut but that performance wasn’t enough to prevent Star (1-4) from losing another game.
NLEX led by as many as 10 points, 64-54, in the third quarter until Star came back in the fourth period.
A Mark Barroca triple handed the Hotshots a 75-74 lead with 7:13 remaining. That was however followed by a free throw split from Taulava, a triple from Walker and a jumper from Villanueva to help the Road Warriors regain the lead, 80-76.
Walker then scored five straight points to pad NLEX’s lead, 85-79, with just 1:57 remaining.
Star, however, came within two points, 85-83, with 56.2 seconds left after layups by Wright and Marc Pingris.
NLEX slightly opened the door for a Star comeback after Villanueva missed the second of his free throws. But instead of calling a timeout with 16 seconds left, the Hotshots decided to run quickly with Barroca leading the fastbreak.
But the veteran guard missed his layup. Asi Taulava sank two free throws, but NLEX’s lead was just three points.
Rodrigue Akl then missed two shots from the charity stripe with three seconds left, giving Star a golden chance to send the game into overtime.
But the Hotshots blew another opportunity, as they failed to find a decent look which led Barroca to hoist a tough triple that didn’t go in.
The Final Score Result:
NLEX 88 – Walker 32, Lanete 15, Taulava 10, Villanueva J. 10, Alas 7, Anthony 6, Khobuntin 4, Akl 2, Soyud 2, Villanueva E. 0.
STAR 85 – Wright 28, Barroca 15, Pingris 14, Melton 8, Yap 8, Sangalang 4, Simon 4, Maliksi 2, Pascual 2, Garcia 0, Mallari 0, Reavis 0.
Quarters: 29-22, 42-39, 65-60, 88-85