There were heroes aplenty for NLEX as it came back from a 27-point deficit to shock Barangay Ginebra 113-111 in overtime at the close of the PBA's Governors' Cup game in Dubai.
Philip Paniamogan and Jericho Cruz each knocked down a three-point shot inside the final minute, showing steely nerves for NLEX, which trailed for a long stretch of the match.
The Kings had three chances to either win the game outright with a three-pointer or send the game to a second overtime with a quick two. But Japeth Aguilar and Stanley Pringle missed their respective two-point attempts, while LA Tenorio bungled his own three-point try during the final 20 seconds, allowing NLEX to escape with the win.
Young NLEX star Kiefer Ravena played a big part in his team's massive second-half performance, tallying 13 points, 17 assists and 7 rebounds. The former Ateneo playmaker also was responsible for sending the game into overtime when he banged in a three-pointer over the outstretched arms of Tenorio in regulation.
The Road Warriors will head back to Manila with a 4-1 record overall, having split their two-game trip in Dubai. NLEX absorbed its first loss in the season-ending conference on Friday after bowing to San Miguel 98-94.
Ginebra dropped to 1-2 in the standings, losing for the second straight time since opening the conference with a 102-83 rout of Alaska on Sept. 22.
Import Olu Ashaolu rebounded from a quiet 11-point output versus SMB by leading NLEX with 25 points, on top of 7 rebounds.
Big man Poy Erram added 21 points off the bench, while Paniamogan chipped in 20, lacing his hot shooting night with six threes.
Cruz scored 13, while local big man JR Quinahan had nine as well as a key defensive rebound late in the extension period to preserve NLEX's win.
Justin Brownlee's triple-double effort of 42 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists went down the drain in Ginebra's disappointing defeat. Greg Slaughter and Stanley Pringle each scored 19 for Ginebra, while Tenorio added 13.
NLEX 113 - Ashaolu 25, Erram 21, Paniamogan 20, Ravena 13, Cruz 13, Quinahan 9, Ighalo 5, Varilla 3, Fonacier 2, Galanza 2, Miranda 0.
Ginebra 111 - Brownlee 42, Pringle 19, Slaughter 19, Tenorio 12, Aguilar 9, Dela Cruz 4, Caguioa 4, Thompson 2, Caperal 0.
NLEX's bench provided the much-needed boost, outdueling its Ginebra counterpart, 50-17.
The Road Warriors made 17 of their 42 attempts from three-point zone. They also had more assists, 35-29.
Four of five Ginebra starters- Tenorio, Brownlee, Pringle and Thompson played 40 or more minutes.
NLEX vs Columbian on Oct. 16 at the Ynares Center
Ginebra vs San Miguel on Oct. 13 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum