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NLEX Road Warriors subdue short-handed Magnolia Hotshots, 87-74

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ROAD WARRIORS WIN. NLEX Road Warriors defeat short-handed Magnolia Hotshots, 87-74, in the PBA Philippine Cup clash at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium on Saturday, April 6. PBA PHOTO

NLEX delivered a commanding performance against a short-handed Magnolia squad, securing an emphatic 87-74 victory in the PBA Philippine Cup clash at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium on Saturday, April 6.

Robert Bolick and Anthony Semerad spearheaded NLEX’s dominant display, propelling the Road Warriors to sole possession of second place in the standings with an impressive 5-1 record. NorthPort slid to third place at 4-1 following the outcome.

Magnolia faced significant challenges without Calvin Abueva and struggled throughout the game, suffering their second consecutive defeat after a strong start to the conference with a convincing win over Converge FiberXers.

Bolick, coming off an MVP performance at the 2024 PBA All-Star Game, continued his stellar play with 26 points and nine assists, leading NLEX to their fourth consecutive victory and keeping pace with the undefeated San Miguel Beer (4-0).

Semerad contributed significantly with 22 points and 10 rebounds, capitalizing on Magnolia’s difficulties in the absence of Abueva, who was serving a suspension for an unsportsmanlike act in a previous game.

The Road Warriors asserted control early in the game, establishing a 26-12 lead in the opening period. Despite a brief slowdown in the second quarter, where Magnolia outscored them 15-11, NLEX regained momentum and surged ahead with a 20-point advantage heading into the final quarter.

NLEX maintained their intensity throughout the game, never allowing Magnolia to mount a significant comeback. The Hotshots were led by Ian Sangalang and Mark Barroca with 13 and 10 points, respectively, but struggled to keep pace with NLEX’s relentless performance.

The Road Warriors’ commitment to executing their game plan and maintaining focus from start to finish was evident, showcasing their determination to compete at a high level in the Philippine Cup.

As NLEX continues to assert its presence near the top of the standings, it aims to build on its recent success and solidify its position as a contender in the league. Meanwhile, Magnolia will look to regroup and bounce back from their recent setbacks as they seek to rediscover their winning form in the upcoming games.

The boxscores:

NLEX 87 – Bolick 26, Semerad 22, Herndon 9, Miranda 6, Amer 6, Fajardo 6, Nieto 6, Pasucal 3, Nermal 2, Rodger 0, Marcelo 1, Anthony 0, Valdez 0.

Magnolia 74 – Escoto 13, Sanagalang 13, Barroca 10, Laput 8, Jalalon 6, Corpuz 5, Lee 5, Mendoza 5, Ahanmisi 4, Eriobu 3, Reavis 0, Murrell 0.

Quarterscores: 26-12, 37-27, 67-47, 87-74

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