#PBA2015 Commish Cup Roundup: February 24, 2015

A pair of upsets rocked the the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup last night as NLEX pulled the rug from under SMB and Barako Bull stunned Alaska.




Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

NLEX ROAD WARRIORS over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 100-93
Box scores.
The NLEX Road Warriors shrugged off a slow start, mounting a big fourth quarter comeback to down the San Miguel Beermen, 100-93, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Tuesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

NLEX trailed by 17 points at the end of the third but outscored their opponents, 42-18, in the fourth quarter to steal the victory.


Import Al Thornton finished with 30 points, including 15 in the final period, while veteran center Asi Taulava added 22 to help lead the Road Warriors to a second win in six games so far.

Thornton also grabbed 12 rebounds and shot 12-for-15 from the free throw line.

The Beermen led by as many as 21 points, 64-43, in the third quarter but could not slow the Road Warriors in the fourth as they dropped to 1-5 in the current conference.

They were paced by AZ Reid and Arwind Santos, who scored 27 and 20 points respectively.

Line of the Game: Al Thornton (NLX) - 30pts, 12rebs, 1ast, 1blk.


Al Thornton came up big in the fourth quarter to lead NLEX's furious rally.

Asi Taulava also had a great outing for the Road Warriors.

AZ Reid had a good game, but even he failed to lead SMB past NLEX.

BARAKO BULL ENERGY over ALASKA ACES, 93-91 (OT)
Box scores.
The Barako Bull Energy got a huge lift from import Solomon Alabi as he made a game-winning putback in overtime to lead his team past Alaska, 93-91, and snap a two-game losing skid on Tuesday at the Cuneta Astrdome.

Alabi had 23 points and 19 rebounds – none bigger than a huge offensive rebound and follow-up in the extra period that left only two seconds on the clock – to hand the team the victory. He also had four blocks in the contest.

He had plenty of help from his teammates in this one, with Dave Marcelo posting 18 points and 8 boards, and Sol Mercado adding 15 markers and 4 assists. JC Intal and Carlo Lastimosa added 12 points each.

With the win, Barako Bull improved to 4-2, while Alaska dropped to 2-4.

Damion James, who had 39 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Aces, kept Alaska in the game in the first half, where he scored 19 of the team’s 43 points. He shot 6-for-12 from the floor as compared to 11-for-30 for the rest of his teammates.

Alabi made the biggest basket of the game as he grabbed an offensive board of his own miss and followed it up to give Barako Bull a two-point lead, 93-91, with two seconds left on the clock.

Alaska had one last chance to win it but James missed a technical free throw off a Barako Bull delay of game violation and Dondon Hontiveros came up short on a potential game-winning trey at the buzzer.

Line of the Game: Damion James (ALA) - 39pts, 11rebs, 5asts, 3stls, 3blks, 13/15 FTs.

Damion James had a great first half, but didn't have a lot of support from his teammates.

Dave Marcelo stepped up big time for the Energy.

Solomon Alabi's put-back in OT handed Barako Bull the big victory.

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