Bolts dominate Star in Game 2, one win away from Finals
Paul Lintag on Oct 03, 2017 09:17 PM
The Bolts are now up 2-0 against Star, one win away from making a return trip to the Governors' Cup Finals.
No comeback needed this time.
Meralco flexed its no. 1 muscles Tuesday, scoring a big 98-74 victory over Star in Game 2 of their 2017 Governors' Cup semifinals at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.
The win, which put the Bolts up 2-0 in the series, means that Meralco is now a win away from makin a return trip to the Finals of the season-ending conference.
A complete 180 from the series opener, it was Meralco that got off to a fast start in Game 2, taking a 30-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
And unlike the series opener, the Bolts rode that great momentum all the way to a near wire-to-wire win, at one point leading by as many as 30 in the second half.
Allen Durham looks 100 percent healthy for Meralco, leading the offense with 18 points, 25 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks.
Ranidel De Ocampo played his best game in a Bolts uniform, coming off the bench to also drop 18. Jared Dillinger likewise put up 18 markers while Baser Amer was good for 16 points and eight assists.
Shooting lights out from the field for most of the game before cruising in the final period, the Bolts held the Hotshots to only 31 percent from the field. Meralco's bruising defense has been effective all series long so far, holding Star to an average of only 70 points per outing.
Mark Barroca was the only starter to score in double figures for the Hotshots, finishing with 16. Mon Abundo added 14 off the bench but mostly came in garbage time.
Game 3 of this series is on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Meralco 98 - Dillinger 18, De Ocampo 18, Durham 18, Amer 16, Newsome 10, Hodge 9, Tolomia 7, Faundo 2, Yeo 0, Lanete 0, Sedurifa 0, Caram 0, Hugnatan 0.
Star 74 - Barroca 16, Abundo 14, Acox 9, Ramos 8, Sangalang 6, Melton 5, Pingris 5, Reavis 4, Dela Rosa 4, Brondial 3, Lee 0, Jalalon 0, Simon 0, Gamalinda 0.
Quarters: 30-11, 53-32, 78-48, 98-74.
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