Meralco Bolts 92 – Phoenix Fuel Masters 90
The Meralco Bolts were clinging on to their Playoff lives. They desperately needed a win to snap their losing streak. They finally got a close win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters to keep the quarterfinal hopes afloat.
The Bolts played with a sense of urgency to start the game. Cliff Hodge gave them a shot of energy early in the game as he scored seven of Meralco’s first 10 points to help his team zoom out to a 10-0 lead. That set the tone for the quarter as KG Canaleta and Mike Tolomia got into the act helping the Bolts build a lead as big as 16 points in the first period, 29-13. In the second quarter, it was Garvo Lanete that carried the scoring load as the Bolts continued to stay in the drivers seat and lead by double digits.
Unfortunately for Meralco, the Fuel Masters found their offense in the third quarter. Phoenix exploded for 35 points in the third period led by the trio of JC Intal, Matthew Wright and Jeff Chan. The Fuel Masters also pulled the plug on the Meralco offense, limiting them to only 16 points in the period. Phoenix took a five-point lead heading into the final period.
Meralco righted the ship and took a seven-point lead heading into the final minute of the game. Phoenix cut that lead down to just two points from the free throw line. They were able to force another turnover from Meralco when JP Mendoza beat Chris Newsome on a jumpball. Unfortunately, the Fuel Masters wouldn’t be able to get a good shot in as Newsome blanketed Jeff Chan on the final shot. Meralco escaped with a two-point win.
GlobalPort Batang Pier 99 – TNT KaTropa 84
The TNT KaTropa continued their skid as the GlobalPort Batang Pier handed them their third straight loss.
Stanley Pringle burned the nets early as he, Nico Elorde and Jonathan Grey teamed up to build an 14-point lead. They limited the KaTropa to just one free throw for the first five minutes of the game. TNT’s offense was non-existent as only scored 12 points in the opening period. The KaTropa found their offense in the second quarter but by that time, the Batang Pier had opened up a 25-point lead.
Elorde and Pringle continued to team up in the back court as GlobalPort built a lead as big as 30 points to start the third quarter. The Batang Pier took their foot off the gas pedal and allowed TNT to get back in the game in the fourth period. The KaTropa got as close as 10 points after a Jayson Castro three-pointer but that was the last basket they would hit. GlobalPort’s defense would hold steady in the final minutes of the game as they held on to their double-digit lead the rest of the way.
GlobalPort was efficient on offense hitting 41% of their shots with nine three-pointers. They also had 22 assists. Pringle with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Elorde had 17 points and seven assists. TNT was shut down shooting only 33%. They only had 12 assists and 19 turnovers.