PBA: NLEX overpowers San Miguel, picks first win

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Posted at Dec 08 2021 08:09 PM | Updated as of Dec 08 2021 10:36 PM

(UPDATED) NLEX overcame a slow start to pull off a surprise win against San Miguel Beer, 114-102, in the 2021 PBA Governors' Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Wednesday night.

NLEX's import KJ McDaniels scored 27 points to go with 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals while leading the Road Warriors past the Brandon Brown-led Beermen.

San Miguel had a fiery start courtesy of Brown, who scored 27 points in the first half. 

The Road Warriors battled from a 10 point deficit and eventually turned the tables on the Beermen who fell to a 0-1 start.

Kevin Alas and Don Trollano each had 12 points, while Philip Paniamogan added 11. JR Quinahan and Jericho Cruz also contributed a combined 20 points.

Brown finished with 36 points, scoring only 9 in the second half. June Mar Fajardo had 20, while new acquisition Vic Manuel chipped in 17.

"It's a great feeling. I'm happy to be back," said McDaniels, who used to play for Talk 'N Text.

The NLEX import said he has no qualms playing under the system of coach Yeng Guiao who allowed him to do his thing.

"It's kind of free on offense... We had to make decisions, take shots, I had a lot of misses today. The rest of the games I hope to be better."

Guiao said they were lucky to catch the Beermen at a stage wherein they are still getting used to play minus their key pieces.

"Malaking bagay si Arwind Santos, wala sa kanila. Malaking bagay si Alex Cabagnot wala rin sa kanila. We're very lucky to play them in this situation," he said.

"Nag-aadjust pa ang team na ito, but we know they're championship contenders, they can only get better, we're just lucky to play them the first game."

The Scores:

NLEX 114 – McDaniels 27, Alas 12, Trollano 12, Paniamogan 11, Quinahan 10, Cruz 10, Rosales 9, Magat 8, Oftana 7, Semerad 5, Miranda 3, 

SAN MIGUEL 102 – Brown 36, Fajardo 20, Manuel 17, Perez 11, Lassiter 7, Romeo 6, Tautuaa 2, Enciso 2, Pessumal 1, Gamalinda 0

QUARTERS: 22-28, 52-49, 86-77, 114-102