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Kiefer notches double-double in debut to power NLEX to win

The Kia team that was expected to be trampled over in the PBA Philippine Cup served notice on Wednesday it wasn’t backing down from any challenge.

Too bad its upset-conscious ways couldn’t translate to a victory against NLEX.

Kiefer Ravena registered 18 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds on 7 of 11 shooting from the field to lead NLEX past Kia on Wednesday. PBA Media Bureau
Kiefer Ravena scored 18 points and dished out 12 assists to lead 7 NLEX players in double-figure scoring, as the Road Warriors defeated Kia 119-115 at San Juan Arena.

The outcome remained a tossup until the final minute or so, when Larry Fonacier completed a 4-point play to give NLEX a 117-113 lead.

After JR Reyes cut the deficit to two with a tough baseline jumper, Kia saw Ravena miss a 3-point attempt, but couldn’t get a clean shot off when it got back possession.

Two free throws by JR Quiñahan sealed the win for NLEX.

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