The Meralco Bolts gave Alaska Aces fifth straight loss 81-75.
The win improved the Bolts win-loss card to 4-2 earning solo spot for second place. It was there first back-to-back win this conference. Alaska on the other hand, drop to the bottom of the standings with 0-5.
Captain Hook, Mark Cardona was back in the ball game and together with Chico Lanete they combined for 17 points in the fourth quarter to seal the game and hand Alaska their fifth loss.
It was Alaska’s worst start in an All-Filipino conference since 1992.
“The defense we have been talking about bailed us out again,” said Meralco Bolts head coach Ryan Gregorio.
“We wanted to make sure that we build our character in this game. We battled the best team in our last game and we won, and the challenge was to win against a struggling team.” added Gregorio.
The Bolts out hassled the Aces on the boards, 54-28. The Bolts also had 13 more offensive rebounds.
Alaska Aces controlled the game early leading as much as 10 points. But the Bolts, fresh from their victory over Petron, find its way back and had their composure until the end of the ball game.
The Bolts used some defensive stops to bring themselves back to game. It was a clear statement on how they improved at the defensive end.
“We’re playing with a near complete roster with Mac-Mac back and Chico again coming into play
when Sol was grounded,” said Gregorio . “But pretty much it was a total team effort. This just
goes to show that you can’t just guard one player here in Meralco because anybody can make a
“Also, the crucial thing is that we had more rebounds. It just goes to show what kind of intensity
Lanete lead the way for the Bolst with 17 points and Mark Isip and Cardona each added 10 for the Bolts. Sol Mercado chipped in eight points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Sonny Thoss paved the way for the Aces with his 19 points and six rebounds, Cyrus Baguio had 18 points and Jay-R Reyes had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Aces.
Meralco (81) – Lanete 17, Isip 10, Cardona 10, Mercado 8, Espinas 8, Omolon 8, Macapagal 7, Borboran
4, Taulava 4, Ballesteros 3, Yee 2, Faundo 0.
Alaska (75) – Thoss 19, Baguio 18, Reyes 11, Dela Cruz 8, Tenorio 7, Baracael 4, Custodio 4, Mepana
2, Cablay 2, Eman 0.