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NLEX's perfect start continues with win over Phoenix

MANILA, Philippines – The NLEX Road Warriors' sensational start to the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup continued on Sunday, after they outlasted the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 95-91, at the Araneta Coliseum.

Five players scored in double-digits, but it was Carlo Lastimosa and Alex Mallari who shone brightest in the clutch as NLEX improved to 4-0, good for the solo lead.

Carlo Lastimosa (9) scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help NLEX get the win over Phoenix. PBA Media Bureau
Lastimosa made up for a couple of bad plays early in the fourth period by anchoring a crucial 13-2 run that turned a 68-78 deficit into a 81-80 lead, and Mallari ensured that there would be no comeback from Phoenix by drilling in the dagger triple with just 9.5 seconds left to play to make it 93-87.

"It's a really nice win for us. We're starting to look like a team," said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao. "We've been winning games in the end game, we've been able to hold our own and pull through in the crisis situations. That's a good sign for a team that's really just trying to put it together."

Guiao, who often cut a frustrated figure during NLEX's two-win campaign in the Commissioner's Cup, admits he is not fully convinced that his team has turned a corner.

"We have four wins, but hindi ko pa din alam kung totoo ito or kunya-kunyarian pa lang," he said. "So let's see."

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/30/17/pba-nlexs-perfect-start-continues-with-win-over-phoenix

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