Paniamogan explodes as Mahindra shuts down Meralco

Philip Paniamogan's lights-out shooting helps Mahindra win back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Oh what do you know, Mahindra is actually on a winning streak in the Philippine Cup.

Behind a near-perfect shooting effort from Philip Paniamogan, the Floodbuster got their second straight win in the All-Filipino after torching Meralco, 105-92, Wednesday at the Big Dome.

After a Christmas breakthrough, Mahindra started its 2017 by shooting lights out from deep, connecting on 21 treys to send the Bolts to their fifth straight defeat.

Paniamogan, the second-year guard our of JRU, accounted for seven of those three-point shots and went on to finish with a career-high 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting.

The win pushed the Floodbuster out of the cellar with a 2-5 card, leaving Meralco at the bottom with a 2-6 mark.

With Paniamogan making his first six attempts from beyond the arc, the Floodbuster raced to a 12-0 run in the second quarter to put up the biggest lead of the game at 17, 48-31.

Paniamogan was also at the top of the Mahindra offense in the third quarter as the Floodbuster weathered several Meralco runs.

The Bolts would try to make it a game one last time in the fourth, unloading a 10-0 blitz, but Mahindra's hot-shooting was too much to overcome.

"I really feel like we just all had our cylinders going today. Our commitment to the hard work and preparation all came together today," top deputy Chris Gavina said.

Aside from Paniamogan, five other Floodbusters scored in double digits led by Alex Mallari, Jason Deutchman, and Nico Salva with 13 points each.

Michael Digregorio and Russel Escoto added 11 and 10 points respectively.

The Bolts got another big game from Reynel Hugnatan as the veteran forward fired 28 points, 17 in the second half. Chris Newsome added 19 for Meralco in another losing effort.

 

The scores:

MAHINDRA 105 - Paniamogan 25, Mallari 13, Deutchman 13, Salva 13, Digregorio 11, Escoto 10, Yee 8, Elorde 4, Ballesteros 3, Arana 3, Revilla 2, Celda 0, Nimes 0, Eriobu 0, Teng 0.

MERALCO 92 - Hugnatan 28, Newsome 19, Amer 12, Faundo 9, Uyloan 8, Daquioag 6, Grey 3, Caram 2, Chua 2, Nabong 2, Hodge 1, Buenafe 0.

Quarterscores: 25-24, 52-42, 73-64, 105-92


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