Meralco clinches playoff spot, Alaska keeps win streak alive

Meralco Bolts 102 – Blackwater Elite

With a chance to secure a spot in the playoffs, the Meralco Bolts made sure that they got the win over the Blackwater Elite. The Bolts led by as much as 41 points, pouring on the buckets to beat the Elite.

Holding on to a four-point lead midway through the first period, Meralco went on an 8-2 run behind big buckets by Chris Newsome and a three-point play by Ranidel De Ocampo to take their first double-digit lead in the game. The Elite cut that lead down to single digits heading into the second period. But the flood gates opened in the second quarter. Meralco outscored Blackwater by 20 points, dropping 35 in the second period alone. Anjo Caram scored eight points to open the quarter as Meralco rebuilt their double digit lead. Three-pointers by Baser Amer, Jared Dillinger and Cliff Hodge before halftime pushed the lead up to 29.

The Bolts bench took care of business in the second half as they pushed the lead up to it’s highest in the fourth period when Mac Baracael scored on a jumper. Meralco shot 50% from the field. They scored 58% from the two-point area as they dominated the paint with 50 points. Arinze Onuaku led four players in double-digits with 17 points and 16 boards. Caram scored 13 points off the bench. Hodge and Dillinger combined for 23 points and four treys.

Alaska Aces 120 – NLEX Road Warriors 111

The Alaska Aces keep their winning streak alive and extend it to seven games. They power past the pesky NLEX Road Warriors team with a game-clinching run in the final period.

Alaska had trouble in the middle quarters as they allowed NLEX to scored 34 and 38 in the second and third periods. The Road Warriors leaned on Arnett Moultrie who had 34 points to overcome an early 14-point deficit to get back in the game. They were down by only two points heading into the final period. New acquisition Mac Tallo opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to take the lead. Moultrie followed it up with back-to-back baskets to take a five-point lead.

The Aces started to fight back midway through the final period. They went on a 5-0 run to retake the lead. Antonio Cambell came alive to keep Alaska ahead. He scored five straight points sparked by a three-pointer to increase the Aces lead to seven points. The Road Warriors were able to cut the deficit down to just two points heading into the final minutes. But Campbell, Simon Enciso and Chris Banchero teamed up to go on a 12-2 run to take a double-digit lead in the final minutes. NLEX couldn’t get any closer than nine points in the final minute.