The NLEX Road Warriors enjoyed one of their hot-shooting nights. The Barangay Ginebra Kings stayed patient and waited for their rivals to start missing before making their own attack.
The Kings seized control just in time, carving out a 105-96 victory in this Petron Blaze Saturday Special here to formalize entry in the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.
Proud Kapampangan Japeth Aguilar, from the nearby Sasmuan town, exploded for 27 points and Scottie Thompson and Aljon Mariano had key plays at the finish as the Kings chalked up the crucial victory that also kept the team in the running for No. 2 spot in the elims.
Rain or Shine remains in the lead for the fight for No. 2 spot at 8-3, but TNT KaTropa is now right behind at 7-3, then Ginebra at 6-3.
If all teams finish at 8-3, the Kings take the coveted berth by virtue of a superior quotient.