July 14, 2024

Game Ape Blog

Hot News of the Week in the Philippine

Home » PBA » Robert Bolick-led NLEX Road Warriors rally past Meralco Bolts, 99-96

Robert Bolick-led NLEX Road Warriors rally past Meralco Bolts, 99-96

3 min read
LATE RALLY. Robert Bolick leads NLEX Road Warriors’ late surge to overcome Meralco Bolts, 99-96, in their PBA Philippine Cup game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, March 6. PBA PHOTO

In a thrilling comeback fueled by a perceived missed call, Robert Bolick orchestrated a late-game surge, propelling NLEX to a narrow 99-96 victory over Meralco in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, March 6.

Bolick, incensed by a non-call from the referees, exploded with 16 points in the final seven minutes, rallying NLEX from a 10-point deficit. 

The Road Warriors secured a bounce-back win after a tough 99-95 loss to Terrafirma Dyip in their previous outing. With the win, Coach Frankie Lim and his squad improved to a 2-1 record, while the Bolts slipped to 1-2, adding to their earlier loss to Blackwater.

The game witnessed momentum shifts, with the Road Warriors taking a 51-43 lead at halftime, only to fall behind 64-72 in the third quarter. Bolick’s exceptional fourth-quarter performance ignited NLEX’s recovery and secured the crucial victory.

Bolick showcased his scoring prowess by accounting for all but eight of NLEX’s last 24 points, finishing the game with an impressive stat line of 26 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in 37 minutes of play.

Enoch Valdez played a crucial role, contributing impactful plays, including a steal leading to a layup that handed NLEX a 94-91 lead with 39.4 seconds remaining. Valdez added 12 points, six rebounds, and three steals to the winning effort.

Despite Valdez’s split from the free-throw line, leaving the door open for Meralco to force overtime, the Bolts fell short. In the final moments, Chris Newsome had a chance to tie the game, but his attempt missed, allowing the Road Warriors to secure the hard-fought win.

Jan Nermal, another new addition to NLEX, joined the double-digit scoring club with 11 points, contributing to the team’s balanced offensive effort.

Newsome led the scoring for the Bolts with 22 points, while Allein Maliksi, who averaged 26 points in their first two games, was limited to 12 points in this contest. 

The victory marked a resilient comeback for NLEX, showcasing their ability to overcome adversity and secure crucial wins in the PBA Philippine Cup.

The boxscores:

NLEX 99 – Bolick 26, Nermal 12, Valdez 11, Herndon 9, Semerad 9, Marcelo 7, Miranda 7, Fajardo 6, Nieto 5, Amer 3, Pascual 2, Ular 2.

Meralco 96- Newsome 22, Jose 14, Almazan 13, Maliksi 12, Hodge 10, Torres 9, Black 5, Quinto 5, Banchero 4, Rios 2, Mendoza 0, Caram 0, Pascual 0.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *