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NLEX stays alive in PBA Q’Finals on Calvin Oftana game-winner


Calvin Oftana scored on a go-ahead basket as NLEX Road Warriors stayed alive with an 81-80 win over Meralco Bolts in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday at the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Oftana, the no. 4 overall pick in the 2021 PBA Rookie Draft, scored on an inside hit from a perfect inbound pass by Jericho Cruz as the Road Warriors took a one-point edge with six seconds left.

Oftana finished the match with 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists as the Road Warriors forced a do-or-die with sister team Bolts for a semifinals seat on Friday.

Anthony Semerad led the Road Warriors with conference-high 23 points, including five three-pointers, while Celedonio Trollano and Cruz contributed 12 and 10 markers, respectively.

Allein Maliksi led the way with 16 points, Rey Mark Belo added 12 markers, while Reynel Hugnatan and Kier John Quinto contributed 11 markers apiece for the Bolts.