MANILA, Philippines – Meralco's resurgence continued with a third straight win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup after pulling away late against Rain or Shine, 91-82, at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, October 21.
The Bolts relied on a balanced attack with 6 players scoring in twin digits to hike their record to 4-6 and climb to 9th place as the race for the last 3 quarterfinals berths tightened heading into the homestretch of the eliminations.
Allen Durham filled up the stats sheet with 19 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists while Mike Tolomia finished with 17 points and knocked down timely buckets that helped Meralco turn back the Elasto Painters late.
It was a nip-and-tuck battle midway through the 4th quarter with the score knotted at 74-all until the Bolts unloaded a 17-8 run – powered by 5 points each from Durham and Chris Newsome – to secure the win.
Cliff Hodge notched a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, Newsome pumped in 12 markers, 7 rebounds and 6 assists while Anjo Caram and Reynel Hugnatan fired 11 and 11 points, respectively, in the win.
Norbert Torres had one of his best games of the conference with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 rebounds but that didn't prevent Rain or Shine from crashing to their second straight loss for a 2-6 card at 10th place.
Terrence Watson chalked up 14 points and 13 rebounds, Rey Nambatac added 13 points while Ed Daquioag had 10 points in the loss.
Meralco 91 - Durham 19, Tolomia 17, Hodge 14, Newsome 12, Caram 11, Hugnatan 10, Salva 4, Amer 2, Jamito 2, Ballesteros 0.
Rain or Shine 82 - Torres 16, Watson 14, Nambatac 13, Daquioag 10, Ponferada 7, Ahanmisi 7, Yap 7, Norwood 6, Borboran 2.
Quarters: 19-19, 44-43, 65-65, 91-82.
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.