Meralco 98 – Star 74, Meralco takes a 2-0 series lead
Mark Barroca and Justin Melton each hit a midrange jumper to open the game. That was the last time the Star Hotshots were competitive in the game. Allen Durham hit a fadeaway jumper and then he started attacking the paint and dishing out to his teammates. Chris Newsome camped out in the corner and found open jumpers off passes by Durham. Jared Dillinger and Cliff Hodge got their range early in the game. Meralco jumped out to a 19-6 lead and never looked back.
In the first game, the Bolts had to claw back from an early 17-point hole and steal the win in the end. In Game 2, they didn’t make the same mistake. They were the aggressors early and built a double-digit lead that they wouldn’t relinquish until the end. Meralco dominated both ends of the floor in their win. They shot 52% from the field and had 28 assists. They were on fire from beyond the arc, hitting 14 treys at a 42% clip. On the other end of the floor, their lockdown defense shackled the undermanned Hotshots. Star, was missing Paul Lee due to a knee injury. They couldn’t initiate their offense against the tough Bolts D. Star was limited to 31% shooting and only five fast break points.
The Bolts had five players in double figures. Durham who scored 18 points, grabbed 25 points and dished out five assists in another all-around effort. Jared Dillinger also had 18 points all coming from six three-pointers. Ranidel De Ocampo had his best game as a Bolt, scoring 18 points as well. Amer and Newsome added 16 and 10 respectively. The Bolts are now one win away from making another Governor’s Cup Finals appearance.