Bolts win

October 14, 2018
Philip Paniamogan
Philip Paniamogan of NLEX looks to score against Anjo Caram of Meralco. PBA images.

Games Wednesday:

(Cuneta Astrodome)

4:30 p.m. -- Alaska vs. Columbian

7 p.m. --  Rainor Shine vs. NorthPort

MERALCO’S six-game losing spell is over, and two-time PBA Best Import awardee Allen Durham couldn’t be happier. 

“I don’t think I have lost this much consecutive games, so this is new  to me,” Durham said after the team’s  sixth straight setback at the  hands of NorthPort Batang Pier last Friday.

Durham and  teammate Baser Amer made sure there will be no seventh straight setback.

Durham did everything posisble   --  36 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks  -- as Meralco finally snapped out of their losing skid with a come-from-behind 10-8-105  win over  NLEX in the PBA Governors’ Cup  at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Still, Amer provided the big difference.

Amer scored the game’s last six  points, including a three-point play that finally tied the score at 105-all with 36 seconds left and the go-ahead  three-pointer  with 15  seconds left for the  final  score, 108-105.

Durham  actually  missed two free throws  with  still  nine seconds left, but came up with a  huge block on Juami Tiongson’s potential game-tying three-pointer  with only one second left.

Amer  finished  with  22 points, including 17 in  the  payoff  period, plus seven  rebounds, four steals and three assists.

In all, Durham  and Amer combined for 33 points in  the  fourth  quarter  alone  and   came up with the crucial plays that heped  the   Bolts to  win  their  first game in almost two months.

The  Bolts  improved to 2-6 in  a  tie  with  NorthPort for ninth to 10th places.

NLEX import Aaron Fuller, finished with 31 points, 13 rebounds and  six  assists,  but  fouled out of the game in the final 45 seconds.

Larry Fonacier  added  21 points, five  assists and  four  rebounds and JR Quinahan had  17 points and  eight   rebounds for the Road  Warriors,  who fell to 4-5 despite leading by  as many as 16  points.

The game  was   tenslely-fought that   even  coaches  Norman Black of  Meralco  and Yeng  Guiao  of  NLEX and  figured in a  verbal altercation.   The  two  coaches were slapped with  technical fouls.

“We struggled throughout the game. We've been struggling a lot lately, “said Black.

“Our defense is really not on point right now. But the players did not give up in this game, kept on fighting until the very end and we got the win to keep our flickering hopes alive .”

The scores:

Meralco (108) -- Durham 36, Amer 22, Newsome 14, Hugnatan 12, Hodge 10, Caram 8, Lanete 2, Salva 2, Jamito 2, Faundo 0, Atkins 0, Tolomia 0.

NLEX  (105) -- Fuller 31, Fonacier 21, Quinahan 17, Ighalo 9, Galanza  6, Tallo 5, Marcelo 4, Taulava 3, Rios 3, Soyud 2, Baguio 2, Paniamogan 2, Tiongson 0,  Monfort 0.

Quarterscores: 13-17, 36-39, 66-80, 108-105