And with NLEX, in contrast, playing its best game in three weeks, the Road Warriors pulled off their second win in seven outings.
This had Coach Yeng Guiao feeling good after his Road Warriors went on to hand the Tropang Giga their first setback, 109-98.
“Every team has a bad night. And this time, we played better defense than our previous games,” said Guiao after their Thursday game in the 2020 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup by at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena, in Angeles, Pampanga.
Even after the loss, the Tropang Giga hardly budged from the top of the leaderboard with their 5-1 win-loss card.
Kevin Alas, returning from a nose injury at halftime, sizzled in the last two quarters and tallied 24 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Jericho Cruz was in a zone and had 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting, including five triples.
NLEX took a nine-point lead in the last 2:26 after a long bomb from Cruz, 101-92.
The Tropang Giga tried to rally off two successive steals and managed to come within five.
But Kiefer Ravena’s trey with 50 seconds left kept the Road Warriors ahead.
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