Meralco clamped down on defense in the fourth quarter and blanked Blackwater late to score the 102-91 victory Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Bolts overturned an 80-72 deficit coming into the fourth quarter and went on an 18-4 charge to finally take a 90-84 lead midway.
Meralco outscored the Elite, 30-11, in the payoff period to grab their sixth win in seven outings.
“Offensively, it took us a while to figure them out. But our defense won us this game tonight and we played much better in the second half,” said coach Norman Black, as his side improved to a 6-1 slate.