Meralco takes over solo first after stopping TNT

Paul Lintag on Mar 24, 2017 09:46 PM
Meralco takes over solo first after stopping TNT
Meralco asserted its mastery over sister team TNT Friday at the Big Dome, scoring a nice 94-89 victory to continue its great start to the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

You think the Bolts have TNT's number in the PBA?

Actually they do, it's like the team has spent some time memorizing it.

Meralco asserted its mastery over sister team TNT Friday at the Big Dome, scoring a nice 94-89 victory to continue its great start to the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Going back all the way to Game 2 of the 2016 Governors' Cup semifinals, the Bolts have now won five straight games against the KaTropa.

That TNT number? Meralco memorized it.

Also, the Bolts took over solo first with the win, starting the mid-season conference with a 3-0 mark, matching their total number of wins in the All-Filipino.

"We're trying to focus on our defense. We don't think we really have the team to be able to score 100 or 110 every night so it's very important for us to try to defend and try to slow down our opponents. Tonight our defense was very solid," head coach Norman Black said.

Meralco certainly made TNT work for its offense as the vaunted KaTropa scoring machine was limited to only 89 in only 44 percent shooting from the field. What's worse is that the team shot 38 percent from the free-throw line, missing 13 of 21 attempts.

In what was a pretty even game, the Bolts got some spark late in the third quarter as an 11-0 run helped set up an 11-point lead, the biggest in the game.

TNT would come back in the fourth but the KaTropa were never really too close enough to take over the lead.

Import Alex Stephenson once again had a big game, going for 20 points and 27 rebounds. The local support was also there again for Meralco as Baser Amer and Jared Dillinger scored 17 apiece. Chris Newsome and Reynel Hugnatan combined for 20 points.

Without Jayson Castro, who is still out with a hamstring injury, the KaTropa obviously had to fill a big hole in their offense.

NBA veteran journeyman Lou Amundson tried to fill that void but the former New York Knick was only good for 19 points. He did grab 18 rebounds for TNT.

Rookie RR Pogoy was the top local for Nash Racela's crew, finishing with 15 points.

 

 

The scores: 

MERALCO 94 - Stepheson 20, Amer 17, Dillinger 17, Newsome 10, Hugnatan 10, Faundo 6, Daquioag 5, Hodge 5, Chua 3, Caram 1, Uyloan 0.

TNT 89 - Amundson 19, Pogoy 15, Reyes 11, Fonacier 9, Rosario 6, Tautuaa 6, Rosales 6, Carey 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 4, De Ocampo 3, Williams 3, Tamsi 2, Golla 0, Hernandez 0.

Quarterscores: 22-22, 46-50,74-68, 94-89.

 


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