Meralco shook off its sluggish showing the last time, recalling its sharp form as it smothered Star, 96-90, to boost stock in the Top Four in the PBA Governors Cup elims at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex here Saturday night.
Allen Durham dished out a near triple-double job with 29 points, 27 rebounds and seven assists, and led the way in their conquest of Malcolm Hill and his Star teammates in their Petron Blaze road showdown.
Chris Newsome, Cliff Hodge, Baser Amer and Garvo Lanete, the other Meralco starters, also came out with their guns ablaze, helping the Bolts bounce back from their 107-113 loss to the TNT Tropang Texters coming from a long 18-day layoff.
Newsome, Hodge, Amer and Lanete produced at least 11 points each for the Bolts who got off to strong start and went on to send the Hotshots reeling to a third consecutive loss.
With the loss, the Hotshots dropped to joint fifth with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the San Miguel Beermen at 4-3. – PBA
Meralco 96 – Durham 29, Newsome 17, Hodge 15, Amer 13, Lanete 11, Tolomia 7, Dillinger 2, Hugnatan 2, Sedurifa 0, Caram 0, Nabong 0.
Star 90 – Hill 28, Jalalon 15, Sangalang 11, Lee 9, Maliksi 7, Ramos 7, Pingris 6, Barroca 5, Brondial 0, Dela Rosa 0, Simon 0, Melton 0.
Quarterscores: 32-15, 59-41, 74-67, 96-90.