Henry Bill Walker notched 35 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks as Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) cruised to a 114-98 win over GlobalPort, its fifth victory in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday.
The 6’5 import Walker shot 14-of-22 in the field including six triples while rookie Garvo Lanete had a career-high 25-point output including five three-pointers. Jonas Villanueva contributed 14 points to help the Road Warriors improved its win-loss record to 5-5.
“We did a good job in stopping their big three (Terrence Romeo, Stanley Pringle and Mike Glover) in the second half,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez during the postgame interview.
Combo guard Kevin Alas notched 11 points; six rebounds and two assists while veteran center Paul Asi Taulava had 11 points and 11 rebounds also for the Road Warriors.
“We’re not in the playoffs we still have to play Alaska on Friday,” he added. “We picked Garvo (Lanete) to open the space for us.”
GlobalPort’s win-loss record dropped to 3-7.
Stanley Pringle led GlobalPort with 27 points plus seven assists while Terrence Romeo finished with 26 points and import Mike Glover 21 points.
The Road Warriors were lagging behind, 59-51, at halftime but Taulava and Alas ignited an 11-4 run to close the gap, 62-63, with 8:34 left in the third period. NLEX continued its attacks until it seized the lead, 73-70, midway the third canto.
The Road Warriors scored 37 points in the third period to extend their advantage to 88-79 entering the fourth period. Lanete, then, performed big time in the fourth period to ensure NLEX’s win. His two free throws gave NLEX a 104-85 lead with only 2: 17 left in the game and they were never threatened from thereon.