Belo’s 25 powers Blackwater past Meralco, 86-84

PBA Media Bureau

Blackwater rookie Mac Belo continued to impress while veteran guard Denok Miranda came up big in the clutch as they powered the Elite past the Meralco Bolts, 86-84, to remain unbeaten in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Belo, who scored 17 points in his PBA debut, topped that in his second game as he exploded for 25 points on 9-for-15 shooting and had a game-saving block in the final minute.

Miranda, meanwhile, made sure the effort would not go to waste as he drove hard for a difficult basket that broke an 84-84 deadlock with just four seconds left on the game clock. He finished with 11 points and a team-high seven assists in the win.

Blackwater is now 2-0 in a promising start to their conference. –

The scores:

Blackwater Elite 86 – Belo 25, Pascual 13, Miranda 11, Dela Cruz 8, Sena 6, Pinto 5, Aguilar 5, Cervantes 5, Forrester 3, Ababou 3, Gamalinda 2, Banal 0, Buenafe 0.

Meralco Bolts 84 – Hodge 14, Grey 11, Newsome 11, Al-Hussaini 9, Amer 8, Daquioag 6, Hugnatan 6, Yeo 5, Chua 4, Faundo 4, Nabong 4, Dillinger 2.

Quarterscores: 22-27, 39-41, 68-67, 86-84.