Meralco 107 – Phoenix 104
The Meralco Bolts weathered the hot shooting of Jeff Chan and the rest of the Phoenix Fuel Masters to get back on the winning track.
The Bolts started off the game strong behind Chris Newsome’s smooth game and Allen Durham’s aggressiveness in the paint. They took a 26-19 lead to open the game. In the second quarter, the Fuel Masters found their range. Chan, the newest member of the Fuel Masters hit back-to-back three pointers in the middle of the quarter to give Phoenix the lead back. Chan’s third trey of the quarter gave Phoenix their first double-digit lead of the game.
Phoenix continued to scorch the nets in the third quarter as with Jospeh Eriobu and new import Brandon Brown teaming up to give the team a nine-point lead heading into the final quarter. It was at that point that Allen Durham had enough.
Meralco’s monster import scored 13 of his team’s first 20 points of the quarter. He was scoring from everywhere on the court. Durham was hitting jumpers, scoring on put backs and dominating inside. He gave Meralco a 96-89 lead heading into the final minutes of the game. Chan and Brown teamed up to tie the game at 99. Durham scored inside to give Meralco a 101-99 lead. Lanete who was on fire from outside throughout the game hit two free-throws to seal the deal.
Blackwater 107 – NLEX 106
Roi Sumang exploded for 32 points off the bench as the Blackwater Elite handed the NLEX Road Warriors their second loss of the season.
Sumang teamed up with Henry Walker and Michael DiGrigorio to power Blackwater throughout the game. Walker was just too good for any of the Road Warriors defenders to keep up with. He was shooting over smaller defenders as he oozed confidence with every shot that fell in. Walker scored 29 points on five treys and grabbed 15 rebounds. Di Grigorio was the perfect pressure release for the isolation game of Walker. The shooting guard scored 18 points and shot 4/7 from beyond the arc. But it was Sumang that came out of nowhere to surprise the Road Warriors.
He exploded for 17 points in the second quarter as he looked like his college self. Sumang was confident pulling up for three-pointers. He also drove the lane aggressively hitting reverse layups and flip shots. The point guard was clutch in the end game just like when he was with UE. He hit back-to-back three-pointers in the final minutes of the game to keep the lead with his team. The Elite’s defense did their job in the end game and fended off the NLEX rally to claim the win.