Big Chill has NLEX’s number again.
The Superchargers showed tenaciousness on both ends of the floor outplaying a powerhouse Road Warriors team, 83-66, to take the first game of the best-of-three PBA D-League Aspirants Cup semifinals Tuesday at the FilOil-Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Big Chill not only won against NLEX for the second time this conference after a two-point victory in the eliminations but also gave the Road Warriors its biggest defeat in franchise history with a superb effort from almost every player in its roster.
Jesse Collado led Big Chill in scoring with 16 points together with six rebounds while Alex Mallari had his best game of the conference with 15 points on three-of-six shooting from three-point range.
Jerry Glorioso had 12 points but had four of Big Chill’s 13 steals and Jewel Ponferrada had 15 rebounds to stamp their class on the boards against NLEX.
“The boys really deserved it. They played really hard and we proved that we can play any team in the D-League,” said Big Chill coach Arsenio Dysangco, on the verge of a finals seat with one more win over NLEX.
The Superchargers try to sweep the Road Warriors on Thursday in Game 2 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
After a 23-21 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Road Warriors struggled to make shots which the Superchargers took advantage. At the end of 20 minutes of play, Big Chill was already up, 47-32.
It was the same story in the third period. Calvin Abueva was ejected for elbowing Collado in the face with three minutes left and Big Chill held NLEX scoreless after that to take a commanding 70-52 lead entering the fourth.
RR Garcia tried to take NLEX back cutting the deficit to 16 points but Big Chill racked up seven straight baskets to put the game away.
NLEX have never dropped a loss this lopsided since suffering a five-point defeat against Pharex during the Foundation Cup.
The Road Warriors only nailed two triples out of the 20 they took for a 34.9 percent clip from field goal range.
“Their shots weren’t falling and we are making a lot of quick stops and converting them into two points,” Dysangco said.
Garcia had 19 points, Cliff Hodge had 11 and Abueva added 10 markers for NLEX as it attempts to force a deciding Game 3 slated next week.
BIG CHILL 83—Collado 16, Mallari 15, Glorioso 12, Ponferrada 9, Tan 9, Reyes 6, Maconocido 5, Jensen 4, Custodio 3, Santos 2, Dizon 2.
NLEX 66—Garcia 19, Hodge 11, Abueva 10, Ellis 5, Lanete 5, Marcelo 5, Belencion 4, Sangalang 4, Monfort 3, Hermida 0, Dehesa 0, Co 0.
Quarters: 23-21, 47-32, 70-42, 83-66.