Vengeance is mine.
At least that’s what former NLEX Road Warriors Nino Canaleta and Aldrech Ramos are thinking after the pair torched their old team to help the Mahindra Enforcers book their first victory in the 2015-2016 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at the Philsports Arena Friday, Nov. 13.
Canaleta and Ramos, who were traded by NLEX to Mahindra, scored 14 each, as the Enforcers beat the Road Warriors, 103-93.
The victory allowed the Enforcers to move out of last place as they improved to 1-3. The Road Warriors lost their second in a row after a 2-0 start to fall to 2-2.
”It feels so good that we finally got our first win here in the tournament. It’s kind of incidental pa that their (NLEX) former players are the ones pa that led us in this game. We hope that we can carry this win and this momentum in our next games. This is very positive for us,” said Mahindra coach Chito Victolero.
Ageless wonder Asi Taulava exploded a game-high 31 points to go with nine rebounds. But he handled the ball so much his other teammates were left watching from the sidelines.
In contrast the Enforcers were all involved and invested in the game. Kyle Pascual, LA Revilla and Mark Yee provided the needed support for Mahindra as they all scored in twin-digits. Pascual tallied 14 markers off the bench while Revilla had 13 and Yee 11.
Mahindra came out of the gates breathing fire. They bolted out of the starting game and put up double-digit lead right away at the end of one, 26-16.
The Enforcers extended their lead to 17 points twice in the middle of the second period before the Road Warriors ended the first half with a 15-6 blitz to trail by just eight, 51-43, at halftime.
The very determined Mahindra just would not allow NLEX to imposed its will and restored a double-digit lead by the end of the third, 74-60.
The Enforcers ensured victory with a 17-10 run as they established their largest lead of the game at 91-70 with just 5:45 left in the game.
Meanwhile, the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters (2-1) and the Star Hotshots (2-2) battle in Lucena City 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 as the PBA goes back on the road.
MAHINDRA 103 – Canaleta 14, Pascual 14, Ramos 14, Revilla 13, Yee 11, Hubalde 9,Guinto 8, Pinto 7, Bagatsing 5, Alvarez 4, Dehesa 2, Webb 2, Jaime 0.
NLEX 93 – Taulava 31, Anthony 19, Enciso 9, Arboleda 8, Villanueva J. 8, Borboran 5, Cardona 4, Alas 3, Camson 2, Reyes 2, Apinan 1, Villanueva E. 1, Khobuntin 0, Lanete 0.
Quarter scores: 26-16, 51-43, 74-60, 103-93.
Game Saturday, Nov. 14
5 p.m. – Talk ‘N Text vs. Star