"Fafa Rey" Hugnatan is officially back in business for Meralco

Paul Lintag on Oct 18, 2017 11:07 PM
Reynel Hugnatan made seven (!!!) triples in Game 3 of the Governors' Cup Finals against Brgy, Ginebra.

Ranidel De Ocampo's calf injury, which can put him out for the rest of the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals by the way, may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Meralco.

That's because with RDO out, "Fafa Rey" is officially back in business.

And for some magical reason, Reynel Hugnatan might actually be Meralco's best shooter.

Hugnatan delivered the best performance by a Meralco local in these Finals against Brgy. Ginebra, firing 22 points, 21 from downtown, in a 94-81 Game 3 win Wednesday.

His game perfectly complimented that of import Allen Durham and the Bolts are finally in the board, cutting their series deficit in half, 1-2.

"Of course [surprised with big performance]. Of course thank you kay coach na he gave me playing time. I know Ranidel is out so I just stepped up," Hugnatan said post-game.

"Buti naman nandun yung shooting," he added.

With Meralco finding it hard to draw anything from its locals, Hugnatan's breakout performance comes as a sigh of relief for head coach Norman Black.

Because if Durham had to carry all the load again and the Bolts ended up losing, it can be safe to say that the Gin Kings were practically on their way to back-to-back titles.

"He did a great job tonight spacing the floor, very similar to what he did last year in the playoffs and it just makes life a lot easier for AD when guys can make outside shots," Black said of Hugnatan.

"Now we just have to get some of the other guys to start making their own shots and hopefully we can get back in the series," he added.



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