The NLEX Road Warriors turned the tides in the fourth quarter as they completed a comeback and defeated the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok, 86-85.
NLEX import Manny Harris helped rally his team in the second half particularly in the fourth quarter to seal the deal.
Harris who was averaging 42.5 points per game prior to the start of the game went scoreless in the first half.
Yet, probably after the tongue lashing from head coach Yeng Guiao inside their dugout, the Road Warriors went back on the floors of the Ynares Center like the real owner of the number one spot of the standings.
Harris made 10 points in the third quarter then 12 points in the final period including the three-pointer with 30 seconds remaining to play.
That play erased the 26-point advantage of Magnolia where they piled in the first half.
However, the Road Warriors player who made the biggest shot was Jericho Cruz when Poy Erram tapped the ball towards his direction as Kiefer Ravena missed his last free-throw.
That was the winning shot of NLEX in their Sunday schedule. Likewise, the victory gave the Road Warriors a twice-to-beat advantage when the quarterfinals start.
Paul Lee started the game scorching hot most especially from beyond the arc led Magnolia with 24 points while Ian Sangalang added 19 points and 10 boards.
Jericho Cruz Game-Winning Shot
NLEX vs Magnolia Box Score
Road Warriors (86) – Miranda 4, Harris 22, Erram 7, Ravena 7, Paniamogan 5, Soyud 4, Ighalo 4, Quinahan 14, Cruz 13, Galanza 6
Hotshots (85) – Melton 4, Lee 24, Sangalang 19, Banchero 7, Travis 13, Barroca 10, Pingris 5, Abundo 3