In a game where the North Port Batang Piers quickly took the lead after beating the NLEX Road Warriors on Nov. 9, EsballPH HaloWin Bet thinks the game will be a close one. The game got off to a hot start. Earl Clark shot everywhere and grabbed every rebound for the NLEX Road Warriors, but Robert Bolick also got off to a hotter start. Robert Bolick finished with 33 points and 12 rebounds, while Earl Clark finished with 29 points and 15 rebounds. Every team's star player has performed well. After trailing by 13 early in the game, the NLEX Road Warriors never got back into the game. The final whistle sounded, the score was 107-94, and Beigang Batang Wharf won.
A Strong Second Half is Not Good Enough for the NLEX Road Warriors
The game started off poorly for the NLEX Road Warriors. It was a fast start and they simply could not keep up with the North Port Batang Piers offensively. This is ultimately what proved to be the deciding factor in the game. The score after the first quarter had the Road Warriors down by 10 points and by halftime they were down 13, the same deficit after the final buzzer. They also only managed 13 points in that first quarter, which was by far the lowest-scoring quarter by any team. The second half was a different story. Earl Clark was knocking down more shots and the Road Warriors outscored them by one. The fourth quarter was close as well but the Road Warriors could never gain an edge.
Besides Earl Clark, Kevin Louie Alas was a standout for the Road Warriors. He scored 18 points and was extremely efficient making eight out of his 13 shot attempts. Clark and Alas’ performances were not enough, in the end, to secure a win, however.
A Fast Start Sparked by Defense is the Reason for the North Port Batang Pier Win
When the ball tipped off the North Port Batang Piers were on a mission. They were fighting for rebounds and making defensive stops. This effort on the glass and defense allowed the NLEX Road Warriors to get just 13 points in the first quarter. After building that early lead the North Port Batang Piers never looked back. They had another strong second quarter and fought off a comeback in the third quarter led by Earl Clark.
The biggest reason on offense why this team was able to win by a 13-point margin was the play of Robert Bolick. He had 33 points on the night including five threes. In addition to scoring all of those points he also grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out seven assists to his teammates. One of those teammates who was the beneficiary of some of those assists was Prince Ibeh, who made nine shots and only missed one attempt for the entire game. He also finished with 17 rebounds.
The NLEX Road Warriors have Now Lost Three in a Row
It has been a tough stretch recently for the NLEX Road Warriors. After starting the season out with three wins and just two losses, this team has now lost their last three games in a row. Their recent play hasn;t been bad but it just has not been enough in these games to get wins. This game was an improvement over a 24-point loss in their last game following a game where they scored 116 points in a loss.
In this loss to the North Port Batang Piers, they were outrebounded by 19 rebounds and shot just 23% from three-point range. The game of basketball today has changed and it is hard to win games with those stats. EsballPH HaloWin Bet is high on what Earl Clark is doing to keep his team in these games. His stats are always impressive and they should be for a player who played six years in the NBA before joining the PBA.
A Big Win for the North Port Batang Piers
This win must have felt good for this team after losing by just one point in their previous game. They had also lost three games straight before getting a win in this contest. This win moves them all the way up to the ninth spot as they passed the NLEX Road Warriors and others in the standings.
The North Port Batang Piers won this game early by coming out strong. There must have been extra motivation for this team after that close loss they suffered heading into this game. It was a good team win. Robert Bolick has proven to be one of the best Filipino players in the league. He is a player that they can trust to get a big bucket or make the right play in crunch time. EsballPH HaloWin Bet will cover his games closely as he is a fan favorite of many.
What is Coming Up Next for Both of these Teams?
Both of these teams have some work to do to get back to being truly competitive in the PBA. The North Port Batang Piers finally got back into the win column after losing three-straight games and now the NLEX Road Warriors find themselves in the midst of a three-game losing streak. EsballPH HaloWin Bet has been covering both of these teams and they have obvious talent but need to put together some consecutive wins to get back towards the top of the standings.
The next game coming up for the NLEX Road Warriors comes on Sunday the 13th when they will have a chance to break this losing streak they find themselves in currently. For the North Port Batang Piers, Saturday the 12th they will have a chance to win back-to-back games so they can continue to climb up the standings. Both of these contests should be good ones to tune into and EsballPH HaloWin Bet will be covering them among the other games.
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