CHAMPIONS CUP: Bolts fall to Japanese B.League title holder
Paul Lintag on Sep 28, 2018 04:00 PM
Meralco imports were the only one in double figures with Allen Durham firing 31 points and 12 rebounds. Diamond Stone added 28. (FIBA)
Meralco can’t seem to power up in Thailand.
The Bolts took another loss in the 2018 FIBA Asia Champions Cup, losing to Japanese B.League title holder Alvark Tokyo, 73-84, Friday at Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi.
Meralco imports were the only one in double figures with Allen Durham firing 31 points and 12 rebounds. Diamond Stone added 28.
Reynel Hugnatan was the top local for the Bolts but he only scored six points.
For the second straight game, the Bolts failed to spark a run in the fourth quarter, leading to their demise.
Behind a balanced effort led by Daiki Tanaka, the Japanese unloaded a 15-6 run for a 75-66 lead after Meralco erased an 11-point deficit to tie the game at 60.
Import Alex Kirk led Tokyo with 23 points on 80 percent shooting while Tanaka added 17 points.
Meralco will wrap up group play Saturday against defending champion Al Riyadi.
Alvark 84 - Kirk 23, Tanaka 17, Kojima 12, Ando 9, Bjelica 8, Takeuchi 8, Baba 6, Kikuchi 1, Saito 0, Shonaka 0.
Meralco 73 - Durham 31, Stone 28, Hugnatan 6, Amer 5, Lanete 3, Canaleta 0, Jamito 0, Ballesteros 0, Caram 0, Tolomia 0.
Quarters: 19-17, 37-35, 60-56, 84-73.
Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8