PBA: Bolts blast Elite by 27 points en route to playoff berth

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 15, 2018 06:35 PM
PBA: Bolts blast Elite en route to playoff berth
Meralco is into the quarterfinals after a beatdown of Blackwater

Meralco had no problem whatsoever in booking a ticket into the next round of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

On-point from start to finish and making good on 50 percent of their field goals, the Bolts buried Blackwater in a hole that just got deeper and deeper as the game went on for 102-75 rout on Friday at the MOA Arena.

Jared Dillinger got the party started with five straight points as Meralco held its opponent scoreless for the first five minutes. “We really wanted to come out and establish our defense,” a satisfied head coach Norman Black said post-game.

It was then in the second when their shooting picked up as they totaled 35 points in the quarter. Anjo Caram spearheaded the attack, firing eight of his 13 points in the same time frame.

The Bolts would not look back from there and only upped their lead to as much as 41 points inside the last six minutes.

Dillinger wound up with 11 points while Arinze Onuaku posted a 17-point, 17-rebound double-double. In all, they counted five players in double-digits in their sixth win in eight games.

Behind the total team effort, Meralco has assured itself of a place in the quarterfinals. “I thought my guys played with a sense of urgency tonight. (This is a) must-win situation for us especially with three games coming up,” Black said, referring to their remaining assignments that include Alaska, TNT, and Rain or Shine – all teams in the top half of the standings.

Long eliminated from contention, the Elite remained stuck in the basement with a 1-9 record.

Import Henry Walker was the lone bright spot for them in this one with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.

BOX SCORES

MERALCO 102 — Onuaku 17, Caram 13, Hodge 12, Dillinger 11, Canaleta 10, Amer 9, Hugnatan 6, Tolomia 6, Newsome 4, De Ocampo 3, Sedurifa 3, Baracael 2, Salva 2, Bono 0, Lanete 0.

BLACKWATER 75 — Walker 14, Maliksi 12, Zamar 11, Sumang 10, DiGregorio 8, Al-Hussaini 7, Erram 4, Banal 2, Jose 2, Pinto 2, Sena 2, Palma 1, Cortez 0, Cruz 0, Javier 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 24-15, 59-30, 79-47, 102-75.

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