PBA: Bolts power through Dyip to take 1st win in Comm's Cup
Paul Lintag on Apr 25, 2018 06:40 PM
Behind towering presence of returning import Arinze Onuaku and Chris Newsome leading the local attack, Meralco was on point in the final 24 minutes, holding off a confident Dyip side for an early 1-0 record in the mid-season joust. (PBA Images)
Meralco didn't start particularly well in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup but regained power just in time to take its opening win.
The Bolts powered their way through Columbian in the second half, scoring a nice 116-103 win Wednesday at the Big Dome.
Behind towering presence of returning import Arinze Onuaku and Chris Newsome leading the local attack, Meralco was on point in the final 24 minutes, holding off a confident Dyip side for an early 1-0 record in the mid-season joust.
"First, I'd like to tip my hat off to Arinze. He's been sick the last few days. He hasn't practiced with us and he came from the hospital," head coach Norman Black said.
Arinze Onuaku, the former Best Import, has been dealing with a stomach virus.
Still, he dropped 30 points on 93 percent shooting for the Bolts. He also had 19 rebounds.
"I would like to tip my hat off to him for playing really, really well," Black added.
With Onuaku leading the charge, the Bolts slowly pulled away from the Dyip.
Down one at the break, Meralco fired an 8-0 run in the fourth to take full control of the game with a 103-90 lead.
After Onuaku, four other Meralco locals finished in double figures led by Chris Newsome with 18 points on top of seven rebounds and seven assists.
For the Dyip, it was import CJ Aiken that did the heavy lifting, going for 21 points and 18 rebounds.
Carlo Lastimosa added 16 for the now 1-1 Columbian.
Meralco (116): Onuaku 30, Newsome 18, Salva 13, Canaleta 12, Dillinger 11, Hodge 8, Amer 7, Hugnatan 7, Sedurifa 4, Caram 4, Tolomia 2, Ballesteros 0
Columbian (103): Aiken 21, Lastimosa 16, McCarthy 16, Camson 15, Celda 14, King 12, Tubid 4, Cahilig 2, Khobuntin 2, Corpuz 1, Ababou 0, Escoto 0, Sara 0
Quarter scores: 25-31, 56-57, 85-79, 116-103
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