The Meralco Bolts is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the NorthPort Batang Pier at 1 PM on November 11, 2020, live from the AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Chris Newsome’s timely fadeaway jumper at the buzzer prevented an upset by the Terrafirma Dyip to his team, 95-93.
The Bolts, who improved to 6-4, are now assured of at least a quarterfinals berth. A possibility of gaining a twice-to-beat advantage heading into the playoff, nonetheless, is also imminent as they are only behind by a win to Phoenix, TNT, San Miguel, and Alaska.
“Before this conference started, I thought this is the best All-Filipino team I’ve coached since I’ve been with Meralco, and it’s coming true,” said Norman Black.
“But we still have one game. We’re still one game short of making our first goal, so we’ll just focus in on that,” added Black.
Raymond Almazan had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Bong Quinto added 14 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Allein Maliksi, rookie Aaron Black, and Bryan Faundo did their fair share by collectively scoring 32 points.
Meanwhile, the Batang Pier was routed by the San Miguel Beermen (SMB) the last time out, 120-99.
With the defeat at the hands of the defending champions, NorthPort officially bid farewell to their chances of advancing to the PBA bubble playoffs, for their victory will not be enough to secure even the 8th spot and last spot.
Kelly Nabong top-scored the match with 29 points against SMB. Can he do it against today against Meralco? Let’s see.