Meralco powers past All-Filipino Globalport
Paul Lintag on Sep 22, 2017 08:51 PM
Meralco improved to 8-2 with one game left to play in the elimination round, joining defending champion Brgy. Ginebra at the top. Three other teams are one game behind with 7-3 marks and only four teams will get a bonus come playoff time.
Meralco is closing in on a twice-to-beat advantage in the 2017 Governors' Cup playoffs.
The Bolts powered past the All-Filipino Globalport Friday at the MOA Arena, scoring a 100-93 win to regain a share of first place in the PBA standings.
Meralco improved to 8-2 with one game left to play in the elimination round, joining defending champion Brgy. Ginebra at the top. Three other teams are one game behind with 7-3 marks and only four clubs will get a bonus come playoff time.
The Batang Pier replaced injured Murphey Holloway in favor of Jamal Thomas to close out their season, however, Thomas didn't make the height limit and Globalport was forced to go with an All-Filipino lineup.
Global also did not have star guard Terrence Romeo and head coach Franz Pumaren.
Despite these developments, the Bolts actually struggled throughout the game, needing a strong third quarter push to create separation.
Behind a balanced attack, Meralco dominated the third to open a 19-point lead. The Bolts led by as many as 24 to start the fourth before holding on for the win.
"A win is a win. It wasn't pretty but we got it and we can move on to the next game," head coach Norman Black said.
"I'll take the win, but as far as sharpness is concerned, at this time of the year that's the most important thing. You gotta be sharp. You can't afford to have lapses," he added.
Chris Newsome was the high man for the Bolts, posting 28 points, 14 in the second period, on top of seven rebounds and five assists. Import Allen Durham had his second triple-double of the conference after finishing with 22 points, 22 rebounds, 10 assists.
Five players scored in double-figures for the Batang Pier led by Sean Anthony's 23 while rookie Jonathan Grey added 17 in a starting role.
MERALCO 100 - Newsome 28, Durham 22, Hugnatan 13, Hodge 10, Amer 9, De Ocampo 6, Tolomia 4, Lanete 3, Dillinger 3, Sedurifa 2, Caram 0, Nabong 0, Faundo 0.
GLOBALPORT 93 - Anthony 23, Grey 16, Pringle 14, Guinto 14, Cardona 11, Baracael 5, Cortez 4, Mamaril 4, Arana 2, Hubalde 0, Celiz 0, Paredes 0.
Quarters: 25-20, 51-42, 83-64, 100-93.
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