MANILA — (UPDATED) The Meralco Bolts continued to roll to start the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, taking a convincing 93-78 victory over the defending champion Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel Sunday at the Big Dome.
Meralco’s rousing win was the team’s first over the Gin Kings since Game 3 of the 2016 Governors’ Cup Finals, a series that the Ginebra eventually took in six games.
Down by as many as 11 in the first half, the Bolts turned things around in the second to deal Ginebra an early 0-1 deficit.
Meralco dropped a 12-0 run to take a 56-46 advantage in the third and it was all Bolts from then on. The lead eventually reached as high as 19 points before Meralco cruised to victory.
“I’m very happy with our effort tonight especially on the defensive end. We played good defense the entire game,” head coach Norman Black said.
“In the second half we played much better offensively, moved the ball better, started to make some shots,” he added.
Reigning Best Import Allen Durham was incredible for the Bolts, finishing with a near triple-double of 30 points, 24 rebounds, and nine assists. Jared Dillinger was also effective, going for 17 points, 12 during Meralco’s crucial third-quarter run.
Chris Newsome added 16 points and the Bolts moved to a clean 2-0 record.
For Ginebra, LA Tenorio led the way with 16 points but 11 came during the first period. Greg Slaughter, playing his first game in almost 10 monhts, added 14 on a starting role.
Import Justin Brownlee, who hit a title-clinching triple the last time he met Meralco, struggled for only 13 points.
MERALCO 93 – Durham 30, Dillinger 17, Newsome 16, Hodge 10, Amer 8, Hugnatan 5, Nabong 4, Lanete 3, Caram 0, Chua 0, Atkins 0, Faundo 0, Sedurifa 0.
GINEBRA 78 – Tenorio 16, Slaughter 14, Brownlee 13, Thompson 9, Mercado 8, Aguilar 6, Ellis 6, Marcelo 4, Taha 2, Mariano 0, Devance 0, Caguioa 0.
Quarter scores: 21-32, 43-45, 72-57, 93-78.
This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.