The Philippines Meralco Bolts is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Japan Alvark Tokyo at 2:00 P.M. (PHI time) on September 28, 2018 live from the Stadium29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
Without their main-men namely Jared Dillenger, Ranidel de Ocampo, Chris Newsome and Cliff Hoddge the Bolts fell short on snagging a victory yesterday against the host team, the Thailand Mono Vampire.
Thailand’s shifty point guard Marcus Keene torched the Philippines squad with his 29 points. Keene also the responsible player in Thai squad for the early fourth quarter lead where he dropped eight unanswered points in less than a minute.
When both teams entered the final period, the score were all tied at 70-all.
In the early going of the match held in Studio 29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand, Meralco was in the driver seat as they controlled the pace of the game.
Philippines import Diamond Stone set the tune for the Bolts in their early attack and surprised their opponents and probably his team that he can drill long jumpers. Stone was a late addition to the national team as he was the replacement of 7’2 Liam McMorrow.
Stone led Meralco in scoring with 23 points while his foreign hire partner a two-time PBA Best Import Allen Durham added 20 markers along with his 18 boards.
Thailand Mono Vampire was successful on avenging their 2018 ASEAN Basketball League loss against Philippines. Mono Vampire lost to another Philippines’ representative ball-club, the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the said tournament Finals last May 2018.
Thai’s import Michael Singletary also had a stellar performance with his 25 points. Singletary also once a PBA import played for the San Miguel Beermen.
His last four points in the game yesterday were enough to close the doors for Meralco and took away their first victory.
For the locals it was Baser Amer who got a better output by logging 18 points while the 39-year-old Reynel Hugnatan added 13 points where six of those points came from the rainbow territory.