Meralco is back on track after systematically breaking down Blackwater, 106-97, for a vital win in the 2019 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City Friday night.
Allen Durham flirted with a triple-double, dropping a game-high 27 points with 13 rebounds and eight assists while getting significant help from his local pals.
Raymund Almazan continued to shine, tallying a double-double himself with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Baser Amer added 17 markers.
The victory placed Meralco back in fourth place with an improved 4-2 slate.
The inconsistent Elite fell to a 2-4 card.
Following a tight first quarter, Meralco got some head-start in the second, opening up a double-digit lead, 50-40, after an Almazan lay-up with 3:05 left before halftime.
The Bolts then carried a 56-50 edge at the break.
The second half was all about maintenance for them as they kept the Elite at bay by scoring timely baskets just then the latter was getting a little bit too close for comfort.
Though within striking distance for most part, Blackwater never really got a major run that could’ve threatened Meralco.
Nino Canaleta came off the bench to add 13 markers for Meralco.
Mike DiGregorio had a team-high 22 points to lead the Elite.
As of this report, TNT KaTropa (6-0) is aiming to be the first team through to the quarterfinals as it is going for its seventh straight win against Alaska (1-5).
Meralco 106—Durham 27, Almazan 19, Amer 17, Canaleta 13, Newsome 8, Quinto 8, Pinto 7, Faundo 3, Caram 2, Hugnatan 2.
Blackwater 97—Digregorio 22, Blakely 15, Parks 12, Maliksi 12, Al-Hussaini 11, Belo 10, Cortez 4, Cruz 3, Desiderio 2, Sena 2, Sumang 2, Alolino 2.
Quarterscores: 22-20, 56-50, 80-74, 106-97.
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