Shorthanded Bolts complete comeback against Fuel Masters
Paul Lintag on Aug 18, 2017 06:40 PM
Allen Durham and the Meralco Bolts moved to 5-1 in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup.
Despite being severely hobbled for various reasons, Meralco still found a way to sustain its strong start in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup.
Losing three players, the Bolts completed a comeback against a struggling Phoenix team, scoring a 107-104 win Friday at the Big Dome.
Down by as many as 15 points in the second half, Meralco picked up the pace in the fourth period to stun the Fuel Masters.
After finally tying things up at 87-all, Bolts went on a 9-0 run to finally take control of the ball game before holding on in the dying seconds as Phoenix tried to steal the win back.
"Just an incredible effort from my guys tonight. We had to deal with a lot of adversity in this game," head coach Norman Black said.
Meralco is still missing Cliff Hodge who is down with injury as well as Baser Amer and Mike Tolomia. Both point guards are in Malaysia to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the Southeast Asian Games.
"The guys knew what they had to do, we have 18 days off now so I didn't have any fear of playing the guys the entire way if necessary. All we wanted to do was get a win and move on and try to bounce back from our loss to NLEX," Black added as his team moved to 5-1 for the conference.
Allen Durham powered the Bolts with 33 points, 15 in the fourth, on top of 16 rebounds, and seven assists while Garvo Lanete started and came away with 27 points.
Chris Newsome submitted an incredible all-around effort for Meralco, posting 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and seven steals. Reynel Hugnatan added 15 off the bench.
Featuring a new import to replace the injured Eugene Phelps and veteran gunner Jeff Chan, Phoenix was playing well before yet another collapse.
The Fuel Masters unloaded an 11-0 blitz to establish the largest lead of the game, 77-62, in the third period only to see the advantage evaporate in thel ast 12 minutes.
Brandon Brown led Phoenix with 38 points and nine rebounds while Chan, acquired from Rain or Shine via trade, finished with 27 points, four boards, and five dimes.
Phoenix lost its fourth straight game and now sit with a 2-4 mark.
MERALCO 107 - Durham 33, Lanete 27, Newsome 18, Hugnatan 15, Caram 7, Nabong 4, Dillinger 3, Faundo 0, Chua 0, Atkins 0, Sedurifa 0.
PHOENIX 104 - Brown 38, Chan 27, J. Wilson 12, Jazul 9, Eriobu 7, Alolino 4, Dehesa 3, Intal 2, Kramer 2, W. Wilson 0, Ababou 0.
Quarters: 26-19, 48-57, 75-84, 107-104.
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