The Philippines Meralco Bolts is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Lebanon Al Riyadi at 9:30 P.M. (PHI time) on September 29, 2018 live from the Stadium29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
The hopes of the Philippines Meralco Bolts to take home the gold medal of the 2018 FIBA Asia Champions Cup is in danger as they absorbed another loss against Japan Alvark Tokyo yesterday, 84-73.
Guarding the victory door of the match were Japanese import Alex Kirk and Daiki Tanaka. Kirk was the main offensive weapon of Alvark Tokyo as he posted 23 points and 11 rebounds. Tanaka helped his squad in scoring especially when Kirk was on the bench due to foul troubles.
Tanaka registered 17 points where most of his damage came in the second half.
With their victory yesterday in Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand, the Japanese squad leads all team in their group with a 2-0 slate. In their opener, they’re able to slay the defending champions, the Al-Riyadi of Lebanon.
The Bolts were carried by their imports Allen Durham and Diamond Stone where only three locals from Meralco able to contribute.
Meralco absorbed its first loss against the host nation, the Thailand Mono Vampire in their game opener, 92-100.
Good thing for the Bolts as the Mono Vampire got defeated yesterday giving them hope to qualify to the next round.
Allen Durham who played the entire game notched 31 points and 12 rebounds against the towering defense of the Japanese imports as well as to their locals.
The back-to-back PBA Governors’ Cup Best Import helped the team to get back in the game as he led his squad to a 60-all score behind his efforts and Baser Amer.
However, similar to what happened against the Thailand, they run out of gas as Tanaka took over and made several jumpers.
The shifty Japanese guard who is probably now well-known to many Filipino basketball fans sparked a 15-6 surge which leads to a 75-66 burst.
Probably one of the key areas why Meralco lost the game is that the incapability of their local players to contribute. In their game against Thailand, Baser Amer led the locals with his 18 points but against Japan he was limited to just five points.
39-year-old Reynel Hugnatan came out as the best local player for Meralco who got six points while Garvo Lanete had three markers.