PBA: Upset special, as NLEX hands league leader TNT first loss


Posted at Oct 29 2020 09:10 PM | Updated as of Oct 29 2020 10:48 PM

JR Quiñahan and NLEX kept their playoff hopes alive with a win over TNT Thursday. PBA Media Bureau

Kevin Alas scored 24 points, and Jericho Cruz tallied 19 points and 5 3-pointers, as NLEX shocked TNT Tropang Giga 109-98 in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup on Thursday at AUF Sports Arena in Angeles City, Pampanga,

JR Quiñahan added 8 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the Road Warriors, who snapped a 2-game skid to go up 2-5 in the standings. 

TNT lost for the first time in 6 starts, but remained the No. 1 team.

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Tropang Giga took the first-quarter lead, but the Road Warriors outscored them 29-16 in the second to go up 53-48 at halftime. 

NLEX stayed ahead the rest of the second half, but couldn't pull away. 

The last time TNT threatened was inside the final 2 minutes after making back-to-back baskets -- courtesy of Ray Parks Jr. and Jayson Castro -- on consecutive NLEX turnovers that cut NLEX's lead to 101-96 1:35 remaining. 

But Kiefer Ravena drained a 3-pointer, and Simon Enciso missed his attempt from downtown for Tropang Giga, as the Road Warriors held on. 

Castro finished with 27 points to lead TNT, its 5-1 record a half-game ahead of second-placed Rain Or Shine (4-1). 

NLEX outrebounded TNT 56-40.