Gani Lawal proved his worth further, having a splendid outing with team-highs of 25 points and 27 rebounds to lead Meralco to a comfortable 101-92 drubbing of Columbian Dyip for its first win in the 2019 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.
Lawal already had a double-double right after the first 24 minutes, dropping 15 markers and 18 boards.
His solid play enabled Meralco to take control and zoom ahead big, 50-35, at halftime after a scintillating first half showing.
The Bolts outscored the Dyip, 27-17, in the second period to tighten its grip on the contest.
There was no looking back for Meralco, who led by as much as 17 points multiple times in the second half, as it stretched its onslaught into the second half to cruise to the easy victory.
As a result, Meralco evened its card at 1-1, while the Dyip remained winless, falling to 0-2 at the bottom.
The backcourt tandem of Trevis Jackson and Baser Amer provided Lawal with ample support, scoring 21 and 17 points, respectively.
Kyle Barone led the Dyip in another losing effort, scoring game-high 26 points and 16 rebounds.
Meanwhile, defending champion Barangay Ginebra, led by reigning Best Import Justin Brownlee, already started its title defense as it is at war with Blackwater (1-0) as of press time.
—Lawal 25, Amer 21, Jackson 17, Newsome 12, Hodge 10, Hugnatan 5, Tolomia 4, Pinto 3, De Ocampo 2, Salva 2, Faundo 0, Caram 0, Jamito 0, Quinto 0.
—Barone 26, Perez 22, McCarthy 13, Cahilig 11, Corpuz 11, Khobuntin 3, Agovida 3, Reyes 2, Calvo 1, Faundo 0, Camson 0, Celda 0, Escoto 0, Tabi 0.
Quarterscores: 23-18, 50-35, 79-71, 101-92.