PBA: Bolts continue winning ways to take 1-0 lead over Aces
Paul Lintag on Nov 11, 2018 08:44 PM
1-0 semis lead for Allen Durham and the Meralco Bolts.
ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- There's still no stopping Meralco at this point.
The Bolts continued their winning ways Saturday at the Ynares Center here, taking down the no. 3 Alaska Aces, 97-92, to start the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals.
Winning their seventh straight game from the elimination round, Meralco now has an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 series.
Speaking of winning seven straight games, the Bolts have won seven straight semis games in the Governors' Cup semifinals since 2016.
The Bolts were relentless right from the start, turning to their signature defense to frustrate Alaska.
Meralco took multiple 16-point leads throughout the game which turned out to be beneficial as the Aces tried to mount a last-minute rally in the fourth.
Alaska managed to cut the deficit down to four points late but the Bolts Baser Amer, who was steady from the line, to help ice the victory.
"I think we're just running on adrenaline right now," head coach Norman Black said.
"Defense was very good for the most part, AD also had another very good game for us again," he added.
Durham had a good game alright as the reigning two-time Best Import dropped 32 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists for the win.
Chris Newsome had 16 point sand seven rebounds while Baser Amer continued his solid playoff run with 14 points.
For the Aces, it was Mike Harris with 37 points and 18 rebounds but Alaska as a whole had trouble from the field, particularly in the first half where the Bolts put up their foundation for the game.
Chris Banchero was the top local for the Aces with 16 points. Game 2 is Tuesday at the MOA Arena.
Meralco 97 - Durham 32, Newsome 16, Amer 14, Hugnatan 9, Caram 7, Faundo 6, Canaleta 6, Tolomia 5, Salva 2, Dillinger 0.
Alaska 92 - Harris 37, Banchero 16, Manuel 14, Casio 5, Enciso 5, Exciminiano 5, Teng 4, Pascual 4, Galliguez 2, Baclao 0, Racal 0, Thoss 0.
Quarters: 25-17, 47-34, 72-56, 97-92.
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