NLEX-SCTEX earns finals berth

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NLEX-SCTEX ran roughshod over R.Lapid’s/Tito Rex, 90-76, to reach the championship round of the Marikina City Basketball League at the Marikina Sports Center.

Ex-pro Jeckster Apinan sizzled for 21 points while Alfred Batino added 12. Import Ola Adeogun had another double-double performance, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for the Road Warriors, who won their second game in the round-robin semifinals of this event.

Allen Bulanadi led R. Lapid’s/Tito Rex with 20 points.

The Road Warriors broke the game wide open after seeing their rivals coming to within five in the early part of the final quarter.

A triple by Mr. Bulanadi shoved R. Lapid’s/Tito Rex to within 66-61 with still 8:01 left.

But the Road Warriors answered back with a swift 10-0 run sparked by Dominic Fajardo’s back-to-back baskets.

Regardless of NLEX-SCTEX’s last semifinals game against Hobe Bihon-Macway, the Road Warriors are already assured of a finals berth.

FEU NRMF edged Hobe Bihon-Macway, 99-96, to keep its hopes for a finals seat.

The winner of the FEU NRMF-R.Lapid’s/Tito Rex showdown will face NLEX-SCTEX in the finals. — Rey Joble