Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

Basketball

PBA: Clark-powered NLEX rallies past Blackwater for second win


NLEX came from behind and frustrated Blackwater, 105-102, for a 2-0 start to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Wednesday at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

Earl Clark and the backcourt duo of Kevin Alas and Matt Nieto joined forces to create the Road Warriors’ 15-5 finishing kick for a successful comeback from a flat start that saw them trail by as many as 16 points early in the third.

“Even when we were trailing, hindi bumitaw ang mga bata. Ayun ang pinaka-importante,” said acting head coach Adonis Tierra.

The 34-year-old Clark finished with 38 points and 25 rebounds, together with four assists, three blocks, and a steal as the MVP ball club is now sharing leadership of the standings with guest team Bay Area.

“We’re just trying to figure it out. We’re just going as we come along,” offered the former NBA cager. “Today was a tough match up. We didn’t shoot that well, but we stayed with it. For the beginning of the season, it’s a good test for us.”

Don Trollano supplied 18 points and eight rebounds in the victory. Alas produced 16 points, as Nieto chipped in 10 markers and six boards.

The Road Warriors will look to extend their streak to three against Phoenix on October 8, Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Philsports Arena.

The loss couldn’t be any more disappointing for Blackwater, who was led by Baser Amer with a season-high 26 points as he made four of their 12 treys.

In control practically the entire match, the Bossing were just less than four minutes away from the win as they held a 97-90 lead.

#ReadMore  Aldin Ayo admits feeling anxious during PBA debut

That, until Clark hit a mid-range jumper that proved to be the kick-starter to his side’s endgame rally while the opposition turned cold on offense all of a sudden, eventually falling to their second defeat in three outings.

Cameron Krutwig flirted with a triple-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists in the meltdown. Rashawn McCarthy had 17 points, while Ato Ular almost had a double-double of his own with 10 markers and eight caroms.

Blackwater (1-2) will try to rebound against the debuting San Miguel Beer on Wednesday, October 5, 3:00 p.m. also at the Big Dome.

The Scores:

NLEX 105 – Clark 38, Trollano 18, Alas 16, Nieto 10, Chua 9, Rosales 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 4, Miranda 3, Varilla 2, Ighalo 0.

Blackwater 102 – Amer 26, Krutwig 18, McCarthy 17, Ular 10, Banal 9, Taha 7, Jackson 5, Suerte 5, Rosario 3, Go 2, Ebona 0, Sena 0.

Quarterscores: 20-26, 45-56, 72-81, 105-102.

The second game of each PBA gameday is live-streamed on SMART Sports.

Written By

Oftentimes on the sidelines. Forever a student of the game. Morayta-bred.


You May Also Like

Basketball

NLEX will bring in a former NBA pro as its import for the 2024 PBA Governors’ Cup. Former Memphis Grizzly Myke Henry will reinforce...

Basketball

Justin Brownlee and Ginebra will have San Miguel in their bracket for the 2024 PBA Governors’ Cup. The runners-up in last season’s Governors’ Cup...

Basketball

As expected, Justine Baltazar and Sedrick Barefield went 1-2 in the 2024 PBA Draft. Baltazar was picked by Converge as the top overall selection...

Basketball

Sedrick Barefield, Caelan Tiongson, RJ Abarrientos, and Dave Ildefonso will miss the 2024 PBA Draft festivities scheduled for Sunday at the Glorietta 4 Activity...

Basketball

Rey Nambatac is heading to TNT after the deal’s third revision. The 5-foot-11 gunner out of Cagayan de Oro is being traded by the...

Basketball

There is another revision to the Rey Nambatac trade that will send him to TNT. The Blackwater Bossing are trading Nambatac to the Tropang...

Basketball

NLEX continues to reach more communities and promote a positive impact beyond basketball this off-season with their Dayo and Adopt-a-Court programs. NLEX President and...

Basketball

By: Ernest Tuazon Dwight Ramos led the 11-man Gilas Pilipinas Men to a 74-64 victory over the visiting Taiwan Mustangs in their send-off friendly...

Advertisement