PBA: NLEX pulls plug on Meralco’s playoff bid

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MANILA, Philippines-NLEX maintained their slim quarterfinal chances with a spectacular fourth-half comeback and elimination of Meralco, 92-81, at the PBA Comsumer’s Cup on Wednesday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Imports Earl Clark sparked a massive rally from an 18-point deficit at halftime with help from unlikely sources like Paul Varilla, Kris Rosales and Michael Miranda to register another bold win could open the door for the Road Warriors to arrange a play-off for the 1st place. 8 points.

Coach Frankie Lim said after NLEX fell 57-39 at halftime: “I just made them realize that they weren’t playing at the same level. “But things got better in the third quarter. We started having stops that made our lives easier.”

Clark dropped 40 points as NLEX finished qualifying with a score of 5-7, but it will take a Rain or Shine loss to Magnolia on Friday for the two teams to meet to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Meralco fell 4-7 with a second straight loss, their playoff chances run out even if they win against San Miguel Beer on Friday and draw Rain or Shine and NLEX by underperforming in terms of performance. index.

The Bolts looked like they would overtake the Bolts after a big first half, only for the Road Warriors to turn the tables.

What also made the rally remarkable was that NLEX did it with subs like Varilla, Miranda and Rosales while confidants like Kevin Alas and Matt Nieto sat on the bench.

NLEX took a 77-74 lead in the fourth half as they scored 14 non-answer points to take the lead.


NLEX 92 — Clark 40, Trollano 16, Ganuelas-Rosser 10, Chua 6, Alas 6, Rosales 6, Varilla 5, Miranda 3, Nieto 0.

MERALCO 81 — McDaniels 22, Black 17, Maliksi 12, Quinto 8, Hodge 8, Banchero 7, Caram 5, Jose 2, Pascual 0.

Rounds: 23-30, 39-57, 64-71, 92-81.


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