The NLEX Road Warriors has ended their losing slump against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 100-97.
If coach Caloy Garcia able to remove the monkey from the back of his Elasto Painters squad, this day was the turn of NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.
The last time the Road Warriors has beaten Rain or Shine was wayback the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.
Jericho Cruz who was acquired this second conference was once again the main local player who stepped in the game.
Cruz delivered 15 points, six rebounds and six assists and was named as the Best Player of the Game.
Yet, it was the defensive prowess of JP Erram probably the biggest factor of their victory.
With only three seconds remaining in the game, Erram blocked the layup attempt of ROS import Denzel Bowles.
That shot of Bowles was a potential game-winner for his squad but it seems it was really the night for NLEX.
Rain or Shine rallied from a 17-point deficit to start the fourth quarter. Bowles went aggressive as he took advantage his size against the much smaller NLEX import Olu Ashaolu.
Bowles paced ROS with his 35 points while Kris Rosales added 18 points.
Rain or Shine dropped to 3-4 record while the playoffs hopes of NLEX still alive as they improved to 2-7 slate.
JP Erram Denied The Game-Winner Attempt Of Denzel Bowles
NLEX vs Rain or Shine Box Score
Quarters: 23-23 | 51-38 | 81-64 | 100-97
Road Warriors (100) – Ashaolu 26, Cruz 15, Ighalo 13, Erram 13, Tiongson 8, Soyud 7, Varilla 6, Quinahan 5, Paniamogan 5, Lao 2
Elasto Painters (97) – Bowles 35, Rosales 18, Daquioag 13, Mocon 12, Belga 9, Nambatac 7, Norwood 2, Alejandro 1