Wednesday, 13 April 2011

PBA: NLEX beats PC Gilmore, 88-87

Posted by chardyboy on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 0 comments

source: By Celest Flores /

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino-American Clifford Hodge completed an and-one play with 3.6 ticks remaining to cap off a stunning comeback and lift fancied NLEX to an 88-87 win over PC Gilmore Tuesday in the PBA Developmental League at the JCSGO gym in Cubao.

Hodge, who underscored his clutch performance with 21 points, got the better of PC Gilmore's Macky Acosta in that one-on-one sequence en route to the victory that zoomed NLEX at the helm in group A.

"We're just happy and lucky to get this one," said head coach Boyet Fernandez of NLEX.

The Road Warriors, which played sans the animated Calvin Abueva who was ejected in the first quarter, were kept at bay for most of the contest.

When the shooting of Road Warriors started to catch on, they grabbed hold of the driver's seat early in the fourth quarter only to relinquish it to the Wizards.

But lapses by the Wizards, who led by as many as 13, down the stretch cost them the game even as they missed on a clear cut chance at the buzzer.

With 1.1 seconds the clock, Jet Vidal misfired on a runner off an inbound pass by Allan Mangahas.
In the curtain raiser, FCA claimed rights to a second place tie with Cebuana Lhuiller in Group B after socking Maynilad, 77-67.

Four FCA shirts pitched in double digit outputs lead by JR Guerilla, a veteran in the amateur ranks, with 15 points.

FCA took full control of game in the last period as it erected a comfortable 12 point lead, the biggest of the game.

Maynilad, banking on its core of San Beda wards, even rode a 39-37 advantage after a helter skelter first half.

But the Water Dragons were unable to sustain the lead, which padded on to the largest at seven points, as the Cultivators started to connect on their shots.

"It's a good thing my players responded in the second half and played hard," said Cultivators head coach Arsenio Dysanco.

PC Gilmore and Maynilad dropped to fourth place in their respective groups.


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