Staying alive

October 21, 2018

Games Wednesday

(Cuneta Astrodome)

4:30 p.m. -- Rain or Shine vs. Phoenix

7 p.m.--San Miguel vs. NorthPort

MERALCO needed a victory to stay alive in the playoff chase in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

Led by two-time PBA Best Import winner Allen Durham, the Bolts got what  they wanted -- and  more.

Durham scored 19 points, including  the  final two points  in the Bolts’crippling 16-3 run  leading to  an  inspiring  91-82 win over Rain or Shine at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Before Meralco’s game-changing  scoring run, the game was tied  at 74-all  with  still  8:27 left.

Durham  also had a game-high  20  rebounds  for the  Bolts, who now  have won their last three  games and  improved  to 4-6 for ninth  place in the 12-team standings.

“It’s just another step.Now we put ourselves in a position where we have a chance for the playoffs,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.

“Our defense was pretty good. We made some mistakes, but our defense was really good. On the other side, we had a balanced scoring,” added Black.

Mike Tolomia finished with 17 points, Cliff  Hodge added 14 points and 11  rebounds and  Chris Newsome had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Norbert Torres was the top scorer for Rain or Shine with 16 points.

Terrence Watson added 14 points and 13 boards, Rey Nambatac had 13 and  Ed  Daquioag  had 10.

The scores:

Meralco (91) -- Durham 19, Tolomia 17, Hodge 14, Newsome 12, Caram 11, Hugnatan 10, Salva 4, Amer 2, Jamito 2.

Rain or Shine  (82) -- Torres 16, Watson 14, Nambatac 13, Daquioag 10, Ponferada 7, Ahanmisi 7, Yap 7, Norwood 6, Borboran 2.

Quarterscores: 19-19, 44-43, 65-65, 91-82.