Except for Cliff Hodge and Reynel Hugnatan limping to their bench after twisting ankles, it was an otherwise complete trouble-free ride for the Meralco Bolts.
The Bolts dominated the Kia Picanto with consummate ease and pulled off an emphatic 112-97 triumph to preserve a clean slate after four games in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday night.
Coach Norman Black and his troops kept their unbeaten run, adding to the woes of the Kia Picanto whom they dealt a fifth straight setback.
Meralco and Star (3-0) have clean cards while Alaska (0-4) and Kia (0-5) are winless heading to the tourney’s weeklong breather to give way to Gilas Pilipinas’ participation in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon.
“Our team played a very good game both on offense and defense. We really wanted to focus on the game so as not to stumble, and stay on top,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.
“We relaxed a bit after getting a big lead, but we played really well for the most part,” added Black on their breeze after earlier convincing triumphs over Blackwater, Barangay Ginebra and Rain or Shine. – PBA
MERALCO 112 – Durham 25, Newsome 19, Amer 17, Lanete 14, Caram 8, Dillinger 8, Nabong 7, Hugnatan 6, Chua 4, Faundo 4, Hodge 0, Daquioag 0, Sedurifa 0.
KIA 97 – Cummings 20, Celda 17, Khobuntin 13, Yee 11, Nimes 8, Corpuz 8, Revilla 6, Deutchman 5, Paniamogan 4, Camson 3, Ballesteros 2, Elorde 0, Teng 0, Salva 0.
Quarters: 26-15, 57-41, 82-66, 112-97.