Meralco pushes Alaska to the brink of elimination, Star gets back on the winning track

Meralco 106 – Alaska 78

The Meralco Bolts got a boost from their two newest players as they snapped Alaska’s winning streak for their seventh win of the conference.

Mike Tolomia, recently acquired in a trade with Rain or Shine scored 24 points and hit all six of his three-pointers to lead all locals in scoring. Ranidel De Ocampo, played his first game for the Bolts and scored 10 points with two treys. Allen Durham continued to lead Meralco with another dominant statline of 26 points, 18 boards and six assists.

De Ocampo came into the game in the second quarter and immediately provided an impact. He hit a trey to extend a six-point lead to nine. Tolomia followed it up with a layup inside to answer an Alaska basket. That opened up the flood gates as the rest of the Bolts got into the scoring act. Baser Amer and Garvo Lanete joined the outside scoring barrage as the Bolts went on a 14-4 run to open up an 18-point lead.

Tolomia effectively ended the game with a personal nine-point run on three treys to extend the lead 56-32. The Bolts would cruise on to the win from that point on.

Star 109 – GlobalPort 83

The Star Hotshots used a superb defensive effort to arrest their three-game losing streak. The Hotshot back court teamed up to put the clamps on Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle. With their two superstars shut down, the Batang Pier could not keep up with the high powered Star offense. Romeo scored only 11 points while Pringle was even worse, scoring only 5 points as the two combined for 5 of 31 shooting.

The Hotshots increased their lead from just three points to 13 when they went on a 15-5 run midway through the second quarter. Aldrech Ramos scored all of his nine points during that stretch as he hit two three-pointers and an and-one basket. Mark Barroca also contributed in that run with back-to-back hits inside.

Murphey Holloway tried to lead GlobalPort on a comeback but every time they’d cut the Star lead down to single digits, the Hotshots would answer with a basket inside. Star concentrated on attacking the boards and their effort to keep possessions alive led to a 16-point lead at the end of the third quarter. The Batang Pier were able to cut the lead to 10 points but Malcolm Hill sparked a 14-0 run that put the game too far out of reach.

Hill finished with 32 points while Sanggalang added 17, mostly on second chance buckets. Star got a balanced scoring effort from their locals as 13 of the 15 fielded players ended up scoring in the game.

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