NLEX Road Warriors 115 – GlobalPort Batang Pier 104
This was supposed to be the first meeting between hotshots Kiefer Ravena and Terrence Romeo since their battles back in college. But with Romeo still recovering from an injury, it was up to Ravena to put on a show this Christmas.
In the first game, the rookie made his mark by creating for the rest of the team. This time around, Ravena showcased his scoring abilities. He scored 20 points on 50% shooting, adding five assists and four steals. He got the scoring started on strong drives to the hoop in the first period. He continued to score in the second quarter, helping the NLEX Road Warriors build a double-digit lead. But Stanley Pringle kept the GlobalPort Batang Pier in the game with some slashes to the basket of his own.
Ravena sparked a run in the third period with two baskets and some nice passes to lead NLEX back in front, 71-60. GlobalPort tried to battle back in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead down to just four points heading into the final minutes of the game. But Larry Fonacier buried back-to-back triples to extend the lead. Ravena closed the game with a one handed throw down, his first dunk in the PBA.
Barangay Ginebra 89 – Magnolia Hotshots 78
The big show for the Christmas Day Games was dominated by the biggest player on the court. Greg Slaughter had his way in the paint as he dominated the Magnolia Hotshots frontline to the tune of 24 points and 12 rebounds on 71% shooting.
Slaughter set the tone early as Ginebra made a concentrated effort to find the big man inside. He didn’t disappoint as he powered his way inside for 10 points in the first period. Slaughter wasn’t alone in his inside onslaught. Japeth Aguilar and Jervy Cruz joined in as Ginebra took a double-digit lead heading into halftime, 48-37. Magnolia wouldn’t allow Ginebra to celebrate early though. The Hotshots came storming back in the third period as Ian Sangalang and Mark Barroca teamed up to cut the deficit down to just three points. Barroca’s defense and Sangalang’s energy was the difference to start the second half.
It became a shootout the rest of the way in the second half. Ginebra pulled ahead once again as they sped up the pace and got out and running. But the Hotshots matched their tempo and got their own fast break baskets. In the fourth period, Ginebra’s towering frontline was just too much to handle. Slaughter did his damage inside while Cruz was popping midrange jumpers. LA Tenorio threw up an alley-oop which Aguilar hammered home, serving as the dagger to seal the win.