The Meralco Bolts kept their solo fourth spot after they deny the victory from Blackwater 106-97.
Raymond Almazan does his “Rock en Roll” groove after he made 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winning team.
Almazan was also impressive in his tonight’s shooting as he converted nine out of his 14 attempts.
Meralco’s import Allen Durham flirted a triple-double performance with his 27 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists.
The Bolts led as much as 14 points early in the game but Blackwater refused to go home without a good fight.
Elite’s import Marqus Blakely gave life to his team after he made his layup in the 7:40 mark of the fourth quarter, 91-85.
However, Kier John Quinto and Baser Amer caught fire from the three-point area as they gave Meralco its needed separation and eventually won the match.
“We really want to improve our three-point shooting because if you noticed, all the top teams in the league shoot threes very, very well and if you want to match up with them, you have to be able to make three-point shots,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.
“[S]ome teams are shooting 40, 42, 43. We still have to continue to work on it. But it’s not something that we’re just gonna totally rely on. Like I said, some of the teams playing as imports are wingmen who shoot the three very, very well,” he added.
Michael DiGregorio led Blackwater in scoring with his 22 points performance who shooting the lights out in Antipolo with his 6-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Baser Amer With The Dagger Three
Meralco vs Blackwater Box Score
Bolts (106) – Newsome 8, Amer 17, Almazan 19, Durham 27, Quinto 8, Faundo 3, Caram 2, Hugnatan 2, Pinto 7, Canaleta 13
Elite (97) – Cortez 4, Blakely 15, Cruz 3, Desiderio 2, Parks 12, Maliksi 12, Sena 2, DiGregorio 22, Sumang 2, Al-Hussaini 11, Belo 10, Alolino 2