PBA 2018:

Meralco forces deathmatch, blasts Phoenix, 90-74

November 7, 2018 – Cuneta Astrodome

by Rock Punzalan

PBA News 2018: Meralco Bolts forced a quarterfinals deathmatch, as it blasted the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 90-74 in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome. Import Allen Durham paced the Bolts with his double-double of 26 buckets and 16 boards while Chris Newsome also finished with 16 markers.

Notes:

➤ Former San Beda star guard Baser Amer also added 14 points and drained two clutch threes for the Bolts in crunch time.

Meralco showed their offensive firepower as they shot better on all cylinders against Phoenix, firing 34 of 86 shots for a 39% field goal percentage against Phoenix’s 28 of 93 (30%). The Bolts also connected well from way beyond the arc by making 7 of 23 treys to the Fuel Masters’ 2 of 26 threes made.

➤ Reinforcement Eric Phelps led the losing Phoenix with his own double-double of 27 points and 15 caroms. Meanwhile, temperamental forward Calvin Abueva also chipped-in 18 markers for the Fuel Masters.

Phoenix and Meralco will resume hostilities once more this Friday, November 9 for a do-or-die rubber match and fight for the remaining Semis spot against the Alaska Aces.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 15-17, 33-35, 66-55, 90-74.

meralco: 90

Durham 26, Newsome 16, Amer 14, Canaleta 9, Tolomia 9, Hugnatan 7, Salva 5, Faundo 2, Dillinger 2, Ballesteros 0, Caram 0, Hodge 0, Jamito 0.

phoenix: 74

Phelps 27, Abueva 18, Perkins 9, Wright 8, Chua 6, Intal 4, Jazul 2, Revilla 0, Wilson 0, Kramer 0, Mendoza 0.

Posted on November 8, 2018 - Cuneta Astrodome

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA 2018:

Import-less Talk 'N Text dumps Meralco, 92-90

August 20, 2018 – Ynares

By Rock Punzalan

PBA 2018: Talk ‘N Text KaTropa shocked sister team the Meralco Bolts, 92-90, in a come-from-behind win in the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup eliminations this Sunday at the Ynares Center. Terrence Romeo led TNT with his 23 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds, while RR Pogoy chipped-in 19 buckets.

Notes:

➤ National mainstay Jayson Castro also added 16 buckets and 6 assists for the KaTropa.

➤ TNT won the game despite having no reinforcement. They let go of import Mike Glover after a dismal performance against the NLEX Road Warriors, who had import Olu Ashaolu playing with almost one leg due to patellar injury.

Allen Durham paced the losing Bolts with his 27 points, 22 boards and 8 dishes, while local Baser Amer contributed 18 markers.

Both TNT and Meralco sport identical 1-1 win-loss slate in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 23-23, 43-41, 68-61, 92-90.

Talk 'n text: 92

Romeo 23, Pogoy 19, Castro 16, Rosario 13, Williams 7, Garcia 7, Semerad 3, Golla 2, Tamsi 2, Paredes 0, Carey 0.

meralco: 90

Durham 27, Amer 18, Newsome 10, Hodge 9, Canaleta 9, Tolomia 8, Caram 6, de Ocampo 2, Hugnata 1, Salva 0, Sedurifa 0, Lanete 0.

Posted on August 20, 2018 - Ynares Center

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA 2018:

Durham lifts Meralco past Columbian Dyip, 109-106

August 17, 2018 – Ynares Arena

By Rock Punzalan

PBA News 2018: Allen Durham lifted the Meralco Bolts over Columbian Dyip, 109-106, to begin it’s campaign in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations this Friday at Ynares Arena in Pasig. Durham registered monstrous numbers to lead the Bolts with 26 points, 20 rebounds and 9 assists, while guard Baser Amer added 23 buckets, 8 boards, and 6 assists.

Notes:

Mike Tolomia also added 14 points for Meralco, while Cliff Hodge made 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks.

➤ Import Akeem Wright paced the defeated Dyip with a double-double of 30 markers, 14 caroms and 4 assists, while Jerramy King contributed 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 dimes.

Wright appeared to be injured in the closing seconds of the court skirmish as he was replaced abruptly with two ticks left in the game.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 26-25, 53-43, 85-76, 109-106.

meralco: 109

Durham 26, Amer 23, Tolomia 14, Hodge 11, Caram 10, de Ocampo 10, Canaleta 9, Salva 4, Newsome 2, Hugnatan 0, Laneta 0, Bono 0.

columbian: 106

Wright 30, King 24, Khobuntin 10, Corpuz 10, Escoto 8, Camson 8, McCarthy 5, Celda 5, Tubid 2, Cahilig 2, Cabrera 2, Lastimosa 0.

Posted on August 18, 2018 - Ynares Arena Pasig

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA News:

Brownlee heaves Ginebra over Meralco, 88-81

July 9, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

By Rock Punzalan

PBA News 2018: Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings mangled the Meralco Bolts, 88-81, thanks to Justin Browlee heroics in Game 1 of their best-of-three matchup in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Quarterfinals this Monday at the Araneta Coliseum. Import Brownlee stirred Ginebra with his 25 big points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Joe Devance and Greg Slaughter meanwhile contributed 14 and 13 markers apiece.

Notes:

➤ Ginebra now leads 1-0 in their best-of-three quarterfinals head-to-head.

➤ Baser Amer paced the losing Bolts with 15 buckets, 5 assists and 3 boards, while Jared Dillinger made 13 points. Reinforcement Arinze Onuaku dropped a dismal 13 points and 18 boards performance.

➤ The Gin Kings are now on a 6-game winning streak rampage and one game shy of reaching the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Semifinals.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 22-20; 38-45; 67-62; 88-81.

ginebra: 88

Brownlee 25, Devance 14, Slaughter 13, Aguilar 10, Chan 8, Mercado 8, Ferrer 6, Tenorio 4, Thompson 0.

meralco: 81

Amer 15, Dillinger 13, Onuaku 12, Caram 11, De Ocampo 9, Lanete 8, Hodge 6, Canaleta 5, Newsome 2, Hugnatan 0.

July 9, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

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