Bolts in big win

January 30, 2019

MERALCO rallied from a 21-point deficit to bring down Talk N Text, 88-77,  and barge into the win column in  the PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. 

Chris Newsome finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Amer added 17 points and  Jared Dillinger had 16 points, nine  rebounds and five  assists for the Bolts, who improved to .500 with two wins against two losses.

Nico Salva and Ranidel de Ocampo each had 11 points for the NormanBlack-mentored  Bolts.

“We've been getting off to bad starts in  this  conference," said Black, whose  team missed its first nine shots of the game and  trailed 0-13.

But  after falling  behind  by  21 points (9-30) early in  the second quarter, the Bolts  went to work on the defensive end and outscored the Tropang Texters, 33-19, in  the third  quarter and 25-19, in the fourth period  to complete a 32-point  turnaround.

So impressive was  the Bolts’ defense that they limited the Texters to  only  two points in the first six minutes and took as much as 19-point lead, 79-60.

PBA Best  Player of the Week awardee  Jayson  Castro topscored with  20 points while Roger Pogoy added 15  for the Texters, who dropped to 2-3.

Bu tno other players managed to score in double figures for the Texters

The scores:

Meralco (88) -- Newsome 20, Amer 17, Dillinger 16, De Ocampo 11, Salva 11, Hodge 5, Canaleta 5, Caram 3, Pinto 0, Hugnatan 0, Tolomia 0, Jackson 0.

Talk N Text (77)  -- Castro 20, Pogoy 15, Trollano 8, Taha 8, Reyes 7, Semerad 7, Heruela 6, Rosario 5, Williams 1, Carey 0, Miranda 0.

Quarterscores: 9-22, 30-39, 63-58, 88-77.