Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup between the Meralco Bolts and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, scheduled on November 5, 2020, at 4:00 PM.
Meralco pulls off a crucial 89-85 win over hard-luck Blackwater Elite to keep its bid for a quarterfinals berth in the PBA Philippine Cup alive.
Down the stretch, Chris Newsome and Bong Quinto came up with huge baskets to help the Bolts stave off a last-ditch rally by the Elite. Newsome scored five straight points, while Quinto hit a corner three for an 83-75 Meralco cushion entering the final two minutes of play.
Newsome finished with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Quinto added 14 along with veteran Reynel Hugnatan. Cliff Hodge added 11 points and eight rebounds, while big man Raymond Almazan contributed seven points and 10 rebounds for the Bolts, who led by as many as 36-23 early in the second period.
With the win, the Bolts improved to a 4-3 record for solo sixth place.
Meanwhile, with only two scoring in double figures, the second-running Rain or Shine failed to secure a win against the surging NLEX Road Warriors last Wednesday.
The Elasto Painters were still in the thick of things late in the third before Kevin Alas led a 9-2 run that restored a 13-point tear for NLEX at 64-53. The Road Warriors kept on pressing from there, knocking down six treys in a 30-17 fourth-quarter exchange to take the match and improve to 3-5.