Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup between the Meralco Bolts and the Northport Batang Pier, scheduled on July 16, 2021, at 6:00 PM.
A revitalized Meralco Bolts team is eager to return to action and see the outcomes of its preparations for the 46th Philippine Basketball Association season. They’ll be up against an equally dangerous NorthPort Batang Pier team, which made major offseason additions as well.
Mac Belo and Alvin Pasaol are two recent additions to Norman Black’s roster. Anjo Caram, Nard Pinto, and last year’s top rookie Aaron Black will fill the void left by the recently traded playmaker Baser Amer.
San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra, Magnolia, and TNT Tropang Giga are all big teams that Black believes they can compete with.
Meanwhile, NorthPort will be without 7-foot-1 big man Greg Slaughter, who is recovering from an injury, but Robert Bolick and Sean Anthony will be available. Fortunately for the Pido Jarencio-coached team, Jaime Malonzo and Troy Rike will add the ceiling to their roster.
The last time these two teams met, the then-playoffs bound Bolts arrested a colossal meltdown against NorthPort, 80-73. Chris Newsome churned out 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks, sealed the win by canning his free throws.
NorthPort wrapped up its 45th PBA conference with a 1-10 record at joint last place with Terrafirma.
The All-Filipino Cup will proceed to the quarterfinals in its customary format, with the top eight teams advancing. Against the eighth and seventh seeds, the top two seeds will have a twice-to-beat advantage. Meanwhile, in a best-of-three series, No. 3 will face No. 6, and No. 4 will face No. 5. Best-of-seven matches will be played in the semifinals and finals.