Meralco Bolts vs NLEX Road Warriors Commissioner’s Cup March 11, 2016 schedule Friday result, replay, recap. Venue at Smart Araneta Coliseum 4:15 PM Game #34. OPPO PBA Commissioner’s Cup 2016 PBA game match-up preview score result available @spikedaily.com.
The two former Red Lions entered double figures in scoring as early as the second quarter, with the NLEX gunner Lanete scoring 11 over the first two periods while the Meralco point guard had 10.
Meralco also got strong showings from fellow backcourt player Jimmy Alapag and Chris Newsome who both had 10 first half points. Together with Amer, the Bolts’ backcourt trio combined to shoot 6-for-10 (60%) from beyond the arc in the first half, with each player hitting two apiece.
The Bolts also got an unexpected lift from John Ferriols, who made four of his five shot attempts in the first half to tally eight points.
That was enough to give Meralco against NLEX 57-50 lead at the half.
The game took a turn in the third quarter, though, when Thornton imposed himself on offense.
He scored 20 big points in the third – at one point scoring 18 straight points for NLEX. He hit his first seven shots, including three triples, and only missed one shot near the end of the quarter.
After trailing by as many as 12 points early in the quarter, Thornton carried the Road Warriors all the way back and a Alas trey put them on top, 79-78, with 57 seconds left in the period.
They held an 81-79 advantage heading into the fourth.
Even with Thornton on the bench, NLEX showed it had more than enough firepower, with their All-Filipino unit going on a 14-4 run to open the final period. Lanete, Alas, Asi Taulava and Enrico Villanueva all shared the load in the rally.
Thornton re-entered the game with his Road Warriors leading, 95-84, with 6:31 remaining in the game.
Meralco made a spirited charge in the endgame, coming to as close as three points but NLEX proved steady from the free throw line late.
NLEX 104 — Thornton 38, Lanete 14, Alas 10, Anthony 9, Taulava 8, Khbuntin 7, E Villanueva 7, Enciso 6, J Villanueva 3, Reyes 2, Arboleda 0, Borbran 0,.
Meralco 99 — Onuaku 16, Amer 14, Dillinger 14, Alapag 11, Ferriols 10, Newsome 10, Faundo 8, Hugnatan 8, Hodge 4, Bono 2, Caram 2, Buenafe 0, David 0.
Quarters: 24-31; 50-57; 81-79; 104-99