The Meralco Bolts made sure this time around that there’s no late game lapses as they took the victory against the Columbian Dyip, 101-92.
Unlike in his PBA debut last Sunday where he made 36 field goal attempts, this time around Bolts import Gani Lawal is much more efficient as he shoots 68 percent shooting from the field.
Lawal gave coach Norman Black a 25 points and 27 rebounds performance.
Baser Amer who had a off-night when they played against the Blackwater Elite in their conference opener bounced back strong.
Amer tallied 21 points and shoots 71 percent from beyond the arc. He was also named as the Bida Player of the Game.
Meralco rookie Trevis Jackson also had a shooting spree as he made 17 points and was 4-of-6 from three-point territory.
From the get-go it was all Meralco as they poured as much as 17-point advantage against the Dyip.
Then on the final quarter, Columbian attempted to make a comeback as they cut the deficit to only single-digit.
Yet, they made several turnovers where they lose their chance to reverse the result of the ball-game in their favor.
Columbian import Kyle Barone led his team in scoring with 26 points and 16 rebounds. 2018 top overall pick CJ Perez added 22 points for the losing squad.
Meralco vs Columbian Box Score
Quarters: 23-18 | 50-35 | 79-71 | 101-92
Bolts (101) – Lawal 25, Amer 21, Jackson 17, Newsome 12, Hodge 10, Hugnatan 5, Tolomia 4, Pinto 3, De Ocampo 2, Salva 2
Columbian (92) – Barone 26, Perez 22, McCarthy 13, Cahilig 11, Corpuz 11, Khobuntin 3, Agovida 3, Reyes 2, Calvo 1