Henry Walker, Kevin Alas key NLEX’s come-from-behind win over skidding Mahindra

American import Henry Walker led NLEX’s endgame surge, capped by Kevin Alas’ steal off Mahindra reinforcement James White’s fumble as the Road Warriors escaped with an 82-81 win on Wednesday in their PBA Governors Cup match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The sweet-shooting Walker scored 8 of NLEX’s last 11 points, including a mid-range jumper with exactly 2 minutes to go to give his team an 82-79 lead, which it never relinquished.

The six-foot Alas, meantime, came off with a timely steal as the 6-foot-8 White was trying to go hard to the basket in the dying seconds, preserving NLEX’s first back-to-back wins for the conference in the process.

The Road Warriors improved to 3-3 overall, while the Enforcer, who opened the Governors Cup with a franchise-best 4 straight wins, absorbed their second straight setback.

The 28-year-old Walker scored 27 of his 39 points in the second half to lead NLEX.

Alas added 13, 4 rebounds and 3 steals, while Asi Taulava chipped in 12 rebounds and 8 points.

KG Canaleta led the Enforcer with 23 points, while White had 21 markers, 15 boards and 3 blocked shots in a losing effort. – John Bryan Ulanday

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