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NLEX Dismantles San Miguel Beer in PBA Philippine Cup

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NLEX Road Warriors stretched its winning run to three after taking down San Miguel Beermen, 124-90, in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at the AUF Sports Arena & Cultural Center in Pampanga.

Michael Miranda had a perfect game of 22 points, on 8-of-8 shooting on the field, including 4-of-4 from three-point line, while Kevin Alas added 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists as the Road Warriors moved up to 4-5.

Kiefer Ravena had a near triple-double of 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while JR Quinahan and Jericho Cruz also ended with double-figures with 14 and 11 for NLEX.

From a tight exchange early in the opening quarter, the Road Warriors surged to a 36-25 lead on conversions from Alas, Ravena and Raul Soyud. It grew to 50-29 early in the second period but the Beermen rallied to as close as 41-52.

That was the closest the Beermen had come, however, as NLEX widened the lead anew with shots from Ravena and Kris Porter for a 67-47 at the half before breaking the game wide further in the second half for its biggest edge at 113-75 on baskets by Miranda.

Paul Zamar finished the match with career-best 23 points, while Von Pessumal and Moala Tautuaa added 11 and 10 markers, respectively, as the defending champions Beermen dropped to 5-4.

BOX SCORE:

NLEX 124 – Miranda 22, Alas 19, Ravena 14, Quinahan 14, Cruz 11, Semerad 10, Porter 9, Soyud 6, Ighalo 6, McAloney 5, Galanza 4, Taulava 2, Paniamogan 2, Ayonayon 0, Varilla 0.

SAN MIGUEL 90 – Zamar 23, Pessumal 11, Tautuaa 10, Ross 9, Cabagnot 9, Santos 8, Comboy 8, Alolino 7, Mamaril 4, Gamalinda 1, Escoto 0, De Guzman 0.

Quarterscores: 36-25, 67-47, 91-65, 124-90.