Bolts survive Blackwater's late comeback

Paul Lintag on Dec 22, 2017 06:23 PM
Bolts survive Blackwater's late comeback
Unloading a 19-0 run in the second half, the Bolts appeared to be on their way to an easy win before the Elite went on a late run.

Meralco simply flipped the switch.

The Bolts are off to a good start in the Philippine Cup for a change after surviving the Blackwater Elite, 103-98, to start the 43rd PBA season Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Unloading a 19-0 run in the second half, the Bolts appeared to be on their way to an easy win before the Elite went on a late run.

However, KG Canaleta would burn his former team, scoring Meralco's last five points, including a booming three off the glass with 11.3 seconds to go to, and his new team managed to hold on for the win.

"I thought we did a good job of recovering from a slow start today, especially in the first half. I thought Blackwater played very well, put a lot of pressure on us and forced us into a lot of turnovers," head coach Norman Black said.

"We did recover a little bit late in the second quarter and it carried over into the second half where we got off to a good start. But the energy that we spent trying to get that big lead really cost us down the stretch because we gave that lead up just as quickly as we got it," he added.

The Bolrs were down 12 in the second period, 27-39, before rallying to tie things up at the break.

Blackwater was still ahead, 54-50, when the Bolts scored 19 unanswered points to take over the game in the third. The Bolts pushed their largest lead of the game to 19, 90-71, just before entering the final quarter.

Canaleta scored 25 points for Meralco, 19 in the second half, built around five three-point shots. He also had eight rebounds for a great debut in a Bolts uniform.

Baser Amer added 17 points, eight in the fourth, while Jared Dillinger also had a good game for Meralco, finishing with 15 markers.

For the Elite, Allein Maliksi and rookie Raymar Jose led the way, dropping 16 points apiece.

 

The Scores:

MERALCO 103 – Canaleta 25, Amer 17, Dillinger 15, Newsome 12, Lanete 8, Ballesteros 6, Tolomia 6, Baracael 5, Faundo 4, Hugnatan 3, Caram 2, Salva 0. 

BLACKWATER 98 – Jose 16, Maliksi 16, Sumang 15, Belo 13, Erram 11, Cortez 8, Javier 6, DiGregorio 6, Sena 4, Pinto 3, Cruz 0, Banal 0, Marcelo 0.

Quarters: 23-27; 44-44; 77-66; 103-98.

 


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