NLEX'S sizzling start paved way for an easy, 104-89, victory over Alaska in the Phoenix Super Basketball Tournament Wednesday at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig.
Kevin Alas lit up for the Road Warriors early, scoring nine of his 18 points in the opening frame as NLEX opened a 22-9 lead.
That lead grew to as much as 19, 43-24, midway in the second frame as NLEX took Alaska to a shooting clinic en route to its second straight victory in the tune-up series.
Vic Manuel helped the Aces get to within five, 56-51, with 6:41 left in the third frame, but Raul Soyud and Alas conspired in a 15-2 charge that restored order and made it a 71-53 lead for NLEX with less than four minutes remaining in the quarter.
Soyud topscored for NLEX with 22 points and eight rebounds off the bench, making the most of his 22 minutes on the floor.
Bong Galanza chimed in 11 points, two boards, and two assists, as rookie big man Will McAloney continued to impress with his 10 points and five rebounds in the win.
Manuel carried the load for Alaska with his 28 points and eight rebounds.
Mike DiGregorio scored 15 points on a pair of three-pointers and Abu Tratter recorded 11 points and eight boards in the defeat. (RL)
NLEX 104 -- Soyud 22, Alas 18, Galanza 11, McAloney 10, Miranda 8, Paniamogan 8, Porter 5, Ighalo 5, Varilla 4, Ravena 4, Parades 4, Soberano 3, Lao 2.
ALASKA 89 -- Manuel 28, DiGregorio 15, Tratter 11, Brondial 6, Casio 6, Marcelino 5, Herndon 4, Ayaay 4, Ebona 4, Racal 3, Teng 2, Ahanmisi 1, Galliguez 0.
Quarters: 22-12, 49-35, 76-64, 104-89.