Meralco unleashed a killer fourth quarter to beat NLEX, 91-84, Sunday to nab its second victory within the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Bolts used a 19-Four tear to break the sport open within the fourth, turning a slim 69-67 lead to a commanding 88-71 benefit with 5:25 left because the Road Warriors fired blanks late.
Jared Dillinger poured 20 factors, 4 rebounds, and three assists, whereas reinforcement Alex Stepheson tallied 18 markers, 24 boards, and three blocks to hold Meralco’s document unblemished after two outings.
“Another good win for us tonight. Our defense really stepped up in the second half, we did a very good job defensively,” stated Meralco head coach Norman Black, who additionally drew stable contributions from its different locals.
Chris Newsome added 15 factors, 4 rebounds, and three assists, Reynel Hugnatan had 13 markers, 4 boards, and three dimes off the bench, and Baser Amer obtained 12 factors, 4 assists, and two rebounds.
Black additionally counseled the Bolts’ protection after protecting their opponents under 86 factors for the second consecutive recreation and limiting the Road Warriors to simply 38% taking pictures from the sector.
“ I thought in the first half, we were a bit lax. We gave up a lot of points in the second quarter, but in the third and fourth, we did a lot better,” Black, whose group improved to 2-Zero, stated. “We’ve been pretty solid, so we have to continue to do that.”
Wayne Chism paced the Road Warriors with 18 factors and 17 rebounds, however shot Eight-of-24 from the sector.
Garvo Lanete additionally had 14 markers as NLEX remained winless after two video games.
MERALCO 91 – Dillinger 20, Stepheson 18, Newsome 15, Hugnatan 13, Amer 12, Chua 6, Caram three, Hodge 2, Uyloan 2, Daquioag Zero, Faundo Zero.
NLEX 84 – Chism 18, Lanete 14, Alas Eight, Guinto 7, Lastimosa 6, Tiongson 6, Camson 5, Khobuntin 5, Monfort 5, Anthony 2, Baracael 2, Rios 2, Soyud 2, Taulava 2, J. Villanueva Zero.
Quarters: 26-19, 40-45, 69-67, 91-84.