IN good position to claim one of the top two spots in the elimination round of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup, the Meralco Bolts look to fortify their position some more with a victory today against the TNT KaTropa in their 7 p.m. main game encounter at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THEY were challenge big time but in the end there was no stopping the Meralco Bolts from returning to the finals of the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup after defeating the Star Hotshots, 91-88, in overtime in Game Three last night to complete a sweep of their best-of-five semifinal series.
MERALCO regained share of first place as it emphatically dismantled Alaska, 106-78, to stay hot and further improve its stand in the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.
Once again, Allen Durham was his usual dominant self, leading the Bolts with another solid double-double of 26 points and 18 rebounds on top of six assists and three blocks in a well-rounded showing.
Though it will take time for him to make his debut in a Meralco jersey, Chris Lutz is elated with his new start.
Joining the Bolts on Monday after being dropped to the unrestricted free agent pool by San Miguel, the 31-year-old swingman is excited on the prospects of rebooting his professional career.
THE Meralco Bolts finally returned to winning in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup on Sunday, coming from behind in the closing moments to defeat the now-skidding NLEX Road Warriors, 108-105, in league action at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Meralco Bolts made big baskets down the stretch to stave off the Blackwater Elite, 104-96, in their 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup do-or-die quarterfinals match, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Thursday night.
Young guards Baser Amer and Garvo Lanete conspired to keep Meralco afloat early in the payoff period, before Allen Durham and Jared Dillinger took over in the final six minutes, hitting clutch shot after another to take out the Elite and set up semifinal date with the Star Hotshots.
ALREADY assured of spots in the quarterfinals (QF) of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup, the Meralco Bolts and Star Hotshots look to put themselves in better positions in the playoffs when they return to the floor today against also-ran opponents.
The Bolts (7-2), in solo second spot at the moment, try to fortify their position in the top four, where a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarters awaits, when they collide against GlobalPort Batang Pier (3-7) in the 7 p.m. main game at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Meralco's Baser Amer (left) continues to impress! He had 20 pts 6 rebs 8 assts 0 turnover in 26:43 mins as the Bolts crushed Blackwater 107-78 in the PBA Governors Cup at the Araneta.
Allen Durham and Garvo Lanete combined for 60 points to get the Meralco Bolts back to their winning ways, grinding out a 107-104 victory over the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Friday night at Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
MIDDLE-of-the-pack teams Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters battle each other in the main game of the Holy Wednesday offering of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Having it seesaw so far in the mid-season PBA tournament, Phoenix (2-3) and Rain or Shine (3-2), coming off losses in their previous assignments, look to get back on the winning track in their 7 p.m. encounter before the league takes a brief break for the Holy Week.
NLEX and Mahindra sealed a trade deal involving Alex Mallari, Glenn Khobuntin and Eric Camson before closing out their ill-fated Commissioner’s Cup campaigns.
THE streaking start of the NLEX Road Warriors in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup stayed yesterday following their 122-114 double overtime victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Winners of their first two games early in the season-ending PBA tournament, the Road Warriors made it three in a row after staving off a gutsy challenge from the Elasto Painters to claim top spot in the standings.
HAVING it solid early in the season-ending Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup, the NLEX Road Warriors are looking to sustain their fine form as they take on the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the curtain-raiser today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Scheduled at 4:15 p.m., the Road Warriors, winners of their first two games in the ongoing PBA tournament, are out to make it three straight victories to give their turnaround bid further legs after bottom-scraping showings in the previous two conferences.
The 2018 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup will be the third and last conference of the 2017–18 PBA season.
THE NLEX Road Warriors are winless no more in the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup after beating the Alaska Aces, 100-92, in Wednesday action at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Unsuccessful to bag a win in their first nine tries in the mid-season PBA tournament, the Road Warriors (1-9) made their 10th try a breakthrough while adding to the misery of the Aces (4-5), which have dropped their fifth straight defeat with their latest loss.
FOUR teams hungry for glory will open the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup on July 19.
The Alaska Aces and the NLEX Road Warriors, teams who missed the playoffs in the Commissioner’s Cup, get their shot at redemption early, battling each other during opening day to see who can fast track its development.
THE NLEX Road Warriors and Blackwater Elite, two teams currently in a skid in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup, try to wiggle out of their funk as they take on each other in league action today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
To face off in the 4:15 p.m. opener, the Road Warriors and Elite are eyeing a halt to their early bleeding in the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) tournament that has seen them each lose back-to-back games of late.
After debuting with a win, now-Yeng Guaio-coached NLEX (1-2) has lost its last two matches -- against the Meralco Bolts and Star Hotshots in that order -- to an average deficit of 18.5 points.
Moments after a painful 120-73 defeat on Saturday night, head coach Norman Black didn’t hold back in his assessment of Meralco’s campaign in the Philippine Cup.
“We basically had no chance of winning this conference and we played like it,” he said after the Bolts absorbed their worst franchise defeat in the 47-point rout at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
NorthPort Batang Pier weathered a late rally by the Meralco Bolts to hack out a 99-94 win in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup, Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
After a 0-6 start to the conference, the Batang Pier have now made it back-to-back wins to revive their playoffs aspirations with a 2-6 card.
METHODICALLY stamping its class, Rain or Shine was able to pick Blackwater apart, 107-93, to return to its winning ways and claim solo first place in the 2016-17 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
In his first start for the Elasto Painters, James Yap produced his best game for his new team thus far, tallying a game-high 15 points and five rebounds to lead the way.
Four more Painters tallied in twin-digits to provide him ample support.
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