of Talk N Text Tropang Texters and Alaska Aces. Both are coming off losses and both are going to parade new imports. See who will bounce back and whose import will dominate the game.
Meralco Bolts strong start might come as a surprise to anyone, as they were the first team to be eliminated last conference. In fact, they only won one game last conference.
That one game and early exit is all they need to get back on the track. Meralco Bolts used it as a motivation and worked harder in the off season. Since they were the first team to be eliminated, they had more time to practice and to work things out.
In an interview by Interakson.com, Jimmy Alapag said “When you finished 1-10, it humbles you, as an individual and as a team. It goes to show you’ve got work to do. The great part of our extended season is that guys really refocused on coming back this conference and playing better. It showed during practice and we’ve done a better job bringing what we’ve been doing on practice during our games,”
Chemistry played a greater part on their team’s success. It was evident on their first four games, which they’ve all won. They played a lot of exhibition game in the off-season that solidifies the trust and teamwork of each player.
With seven new players on the rooster, the team was having issues adjusting last conference. But because they have more time after last conference, Meralco Bolts took that opportunity to know each other. The Bolts practically “Lived in the Gym” said Jared Dillinger, who is one of the reasons why the Bolts are on top now. Dillinger is one of the steady gunners of the Bolts, and earned himself the Player of the week award, after its strong start.
As to when will this strong start ends? No one knows. As long as Meralco Bolts, play the same intensity, team work and mentality. Then, who knows? They might even end up at this conference Finals.
of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel vs Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Witness how Barangay Ginebra San Miguel barged into the win column with a win over Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
of Meralco Bolts vs Phoenix Fuel Masters. Watch how Meralco Bolts rallied their way and steal the victory against the fuel Masters to remain unbeaten.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel found their way into the win column after pounding Rain or Shine Elasto painters, behind a monster performance of their import, Othyus Jeffers.
Othyus Jeffers, finished the game with 39 points, pulled down 20 rebounds, three blocks and 3 assists. In a game where he was playing with back spasms. The all around import was playing hurt thought out the game, but he showed the never say die spirit and tucked every bumps and body aches in the game. Greg Slaughter added 16 points and 13 rebounds to compliment the performance of Jeffers.
Rair or Shine Elasto Painters was led by JR Quiñahan who finished with 21 points. Wayne Chism’s replacement, Antoine Wright added 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a limited action.
Ginebra controlled the entire game, with Rain or Shine only managed to came close by seven points. Ginebra’s coach Tim Cone was relief by the team’s first win.
Merlaco Bolts outlasted Phoenix Fuel Masters to stay unbeaten in the Commissioner’s cup of Philippine Baskeball Association.
The Bolts used a balanced offense to continue their surprise run in the conference. Meralco Bolt’s import, Arinze Onuaku, led the way for the Bolts with 17 points and grabbing 18 boards. He got some good support from the locals too, with rookie, Chris Newsome chipping in 16 points and Gilas guard, Garry David contributing 13 points.
Fuel Masters was leading 12 points at the first half, behind their hot shooting from downtown, who is led by RR Garcia. But, Meralco Bolts fight to erase the 12 point deficit after halftime.
It was a tight game afterwards, with both team answering each others basket. Kelly Nabong sank in a put back to give Meralco Bolts the lead 79-69. With the game tied at 86 with 45.5 seconds left. Jared Dillinger buried a trey to give the Bolts the lead, 89-86.
Phoenix Fuel Master got their chance to tie the game with two seconds left. However, Josh Urbiztondo’s three was contested and blocked by Onuaku. The fuel Masters was lead by RR Garcia who finished with 15 points. 11 came from the first quarter.
Last night’s game, featured one of the heaviest match up in the league, Ken Bono versus Beau Belga. Merlaco’s comebacking big man, Ken Bono, stood his ground and won the match up against Rain or Shine’s, banger Beau Belga.
The former, UAAP MVP and Adamson’s player finished with nine points on 3-of-4 shooting in just ten minutes of playing. His best game so far, after suiting up for the Meralco Bolts this conference. Incidentally, it was his first points in six years. Ken Bono last played in the PBA last December 5, 2010, suiting up for Barako Bull, which is now known as Phoenix Fuel Masters.
The two heavyweights dazzled the crowd everytime the two of them get a chance to defend one another. Ken Bono and Beau Belga were banging bodies all night. After wining the matchup against Belga, Bono credits the practices they made, where he guarded their import, Arinze Onuaku. He said it helped him prepare against their match up.
He was once an immovable force during his college days and prime. His weight was never an issue with him, he’s a big man with a nice stroke from outside. You can still see that in his game today. Although, his current weight is not an issue to him. He is still putting up some work to shred off some pounds.
Meralco Bolts survived Rain or Shine’s run in the second half to notch their third straight victory and the solo lead in the standings, behind a monster game of Onuaku with 31 points and 27 rebounds.
Meralco Bolts was waxing hot in the first half showing their brillance at both end of the court. Outscoring Rain or Shine Elasto Painters bench, 32-21. Jared Dillinger of the Meralco Bolts leads the local scoring, who was on fire in the second quarter with 10 points. Meralco Bolts lead by 25 points coming into the half.
Coming out of the half time, Rain or shine import, Wayne Chism got injured early in the third quarter and needed to be taken out of the court. He did not return to the game and Rain or Shine was forced to play All Filipino.
However, even without their import. The Painters made a big run with Ahanmisi and Quinahan leading the way for the Painters. Ahanmisi drain three straight threes, and Rain or Shine made 6 three pointers in the quarter compared to none by the Meralco Bolts. The Painters was able to tie the game at the end of the quarter.
Fourth quarter was a close one, with Meralco Bolts leading most of the quarter. In the dying minutes of the quarter, 2:12. Merlaco Bolts is leading by a point only. But Caram burried a long jumer giving the Bolts a three point lead. Rain or Shine, big man was able to fish a foul on Onuako. But he only sinked 1 out of 2 shot.
On the next possesion, Onuako powered his way over Belga to gave Meralco a 97-93 lead. But, Quinahan was quick to response in the other end and cut down the deficit to two, 95-93. Meralco was not able to capitalize in their possesion, which resulted into a looseball in favor of the Painters. With only 12 seconds left to play, Quinahan take a three point shot, but it was short. Dillinger grabbed the rebound and Jericho cruz fouled him. Dillinger split his charity, giving another room for Rain or Shine to the tie the game. However, Quinahan shot was contested and Meralco Bolts escaped with a 95-98 victory.
New PBA team, Phoenix Fuel Masters notches first franchise win, in their debut game against NLEX Road Warriors 118-106.
The franchise maybe new to the league, but their players are definitely not. Having the core group of former Barako Bull team.The Phoenix Fuel Masters showed evidence of chemistry and was hot from the three point line.
NLEX Road Warriors was leading at the half 47-50. But, Phoenix Fuel Masters, sharp shooter, RR Garcia waxed hot from the outside in the third quarter. Scoring a total of 17 points to finish with 33 points and lead all scorers. NLEX threatened to make a comeback by cutting down Phoenix Fuel Masters lead to six with just less than 4 minutes left in the final period.
But, Phoenix Fuel Masters made a run themselves. RR Garcia continued his hot shooting in the 4th quarter. Import, Andrew Adeleke finish with 18 points and was a monster down low, grabbing 20 rebounds.
Al Thorton lead the way for NLEX Road Warriors with 27 points, while Sean Anthony had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Veteran Big Man, Asi Taulave also finished with 18 points.