Kiefer Ravena of NLEX goes for a layup during their game against Terrafirma Wednesday morning. (PBA Images)

SMART CLARK GIGA CITY–NLEX exited the bubble on a high note after trampling on Terrafirma, 127-101, in a non-bearing game in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at the Angeles University Foundation Arena here. 

Kiefer Ravena fired a team-high 23 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Road Warriors ended the historic conference with five wins against six losses. 

Raul Soyud tallied 16 points and five boards, Jericho Cruz added 12 markers and Tony Semerad chipped in 11 for NLEX, which crashed out of quarterfinal contention following Rain or Shine’s 80-74 win over TNT on Tuesday night. 

Asi Taulava, who might have played his last game in his PBA career that has spanned for 20 seasons, delivered 11 points, four rebounds, three blocks and two assists in 14 minutes of action. 

“We had a lot of lessons that we’ve learned in this bubble. So we’ll take those lessons with us and be able to come out as a better team,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao. 

CJ Perez had 27 points and 10 rebounds even as Glenn Khobuntin and Aldrech Ramos added 18 and 15 markers, respectively, for Terrafirma. 
Coach Johnedel Cardel’s Dyip closed the season with a 1-10 record. 

The scores: 

NLEX 127 — Ravena 23, Soyud 16, Cruz 12, Semerad 11, Taulava 11, Paniamogan 9, Ayonayon 9, McAloney 9, Miranda 8, Ighalo 7, Galanza 7, Quinahan 5, Varilla 0. 

TERRAFIRMA 101 — Perez 27, Khobuntin 18, Ramos 15, Camson 10, Cahilig 8, Celda 7, Tiongson 6, Batiller 4, Faundo 3, Balagasay 2, Gabayni 1, Agovida 0.

Quarters: 23-26, 55-44, 97-71, 127-101

Source: Manila Bulletin (