NLEX Road Warriors defeated Converge FiberXers, 112-104, in an intense PBA On Tour matchup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Friday.
Don Trollano led the Road Warriors with 26 points, while Kevin Alas and Sean Anthony added 25 points and 23 points, respectively. Tony Semerad also had a solid game with 16 points and four rebounds.
For Converge, Jolo Mendoza led the way with 23 points, while Mike Nieto and Kevin Racal had 19 points and 18 points, respectively.
The game was close throughout, but NLEX pulled away in the fourth quarter behind Trollano’s hot shooting. Trollano scored 10 of his 26 points in the final period, including a three-pointer that gave NLEX a 108-94 lead with five minutes remaining.
Converge tried to rally late, but NLEX held on for the victory.
The win was NLEX’s fourth in nine preseason games, while Converge fell to 5-5.
Coach Lim Satisfied with Road Warriors’ Performance
NLEX coach Frankie Lim was satisfied with his team’s performance, especially considering they were dealing with a shorthanded roster.
“I’m happy with the way we played,” Lim said. “We were missing a few guys, but we still played hard, and we got the win.”
Lim praised his team’s effort, strategy, and execution of plays. He was particularly impressed with Trollano’s performance in the fourth quarter.
“Don stepped up big for us in the fourth quarter,” Lim said. “He made some big shots and helped us close the game out.”
In addition to Trollano, Alas, and Anthony also had big games for NLEX. Alas was a force inside, scoring 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting. Anthony was also efficient, scoring 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting.
Semerad made a significant contribution off the bench, scoring 16 points and grabbing four rebounds.
For Converge, Mendoza was the top scorer with 23 points. Nieto and Racal also had solid games, scoring 19 points and 18 points, respectively.
The final scores for the game were as follows:
NLEX (112) – Trollano 26, Alas 25, Anthony 23, Semerad 16, Doliguez 8, Paniamogan 6, Adamos 5, Nieto 3, Pascual 0, Guissani 0.
Converge (104) – Mendoza 23, Nieto 19, Racal 18, Stockton 10, Arana 10, Ambohot 7, Luib 5, Guinto 5, Zaldivar 3, Wong 2, Teng 2.