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Jericho Cruz’s 4th Quarter Exploits Lead NLEX past Terrafirma


Jericho Cruz heated up in the fourth quarter as the NLEX Road Warriors surged to a 108-94 triumph over Terrafirma Dyip in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup last night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

As the Road Warriors cling to a 73-72 lead in the fourth quarter, Cruz, fellow Ilonggo Kiefer Ravena, Anthony Semerad and JR Quinahan connive in a huge rally to take an 88-78 lead.

Two more baskets by Cruz gave NLEX its largest lead at 98-82 with over four minutes in the game. Terrafirma made its last push at 98-90 but a three-pointer by Quinahan and free throws by Kevin Alas sealed the victory for the Road Warriors.

Cruz ended the match with 15 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter, to go with four rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block as the Road Warriors improved to 2-2 win-loss slate.

Alas led the Road Warriors’ offense with 21 points, Quinahan added 19 markers, while rookie Calvin Oftana and Semerad chipped in 16 and 13 points, respectively.

Rookie Joshua Munzon top-scored with 24 points for the Dyip, which dropped to 0-2 slate.