MERALCO pounced on an all-Filipino GlobalPort side, waltzing to a 100-93 victory to move on the verge of a Top Four berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Facing a Batang Pier side that not only was without an import, but also missing the services of Terrence Romeo, The Bolts slowly but surely built a lead and never looked back on the way to their eighth victory in 10 games.
Allen Durham stuffed the stats sheet again, posting a triple-double of 22 points, 22 boards, and 10 assists, while Chris Newsome led the locals with 28 points, seven boards, and five assists.
The undermanned Batang Pier put up a gallant stand, but wound up short as they finished their campaign at 3-8.
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The Batang Pier, though, went down fighting as they finished the game on a 27-7 run for a respectable finish.
Sean Anthony led the late stand, scoring 14 of his 23 points in the final frame, and finishing with 13 boards, two assists, and one steal in 34 minutes.