NLEX came alive just in the nick of time to stay in the playoff hunt of the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
NLEX keeps playoff hopes alive
The NLEX Road Warriors thrived in a must-win situation, as they carved out a thrilling 120-117 overtime win over Barangay Ginebra. Earl Clark, who sent the game to overtime with a stepback mid-range jumper, poured in 37 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals in the win.
But it wasn’t just Clark’s brilliance this time around, as the rest of the Road Warriors did their part in the mission. Don Trollano’s scoring (26 points) and Kevin Alas’s playmaking (18 points, 9 assists) kept NLEX afloat the whole game. Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser also had huge defensive stops (2 steals, 2 blocks), especially in the crucial stages of the contest.
Ginebra import Justin Brownlee had a game-high 39 markers, but he ran out of steam in the extension period. The Gin Kings drop to a 7-3 record and must win their two remaining games to have a chance at netting a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs.
Rain or Shine eliminates Blackwater
Behind good outings from their top players, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters boosted their playoff hopes by defeating the Blackwater Bossing, 116-97. Import Ryan Pearson produced a double-double performance of 22 points and 12 rebounds, while lead guard Rey Nambatac turned in 21 markers.
Bossing import Cameron Krutwig hauled game-highs of 23 points and 17 boards. The loss boots Blackwater out of playoff contention.