Meralco shocks San Miguel, Columbian runs over Rain or Shine

Columbian Dyip 104 – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 96

After being embarrassed by 31 points in their last game, Columbian Dyip bounces back by taking down one of the unbeaten teams in the conference. Columbian hands Rain or Shine their first loss of the season with another high-scoring show.

This wasn’t a blow out win but Columbian was in control of the game from start to finish. John Fields and Reden Celda teamed up in the first period to power the Dyip. Fields and Celda were dropping jumpers from all over the court as the Dyip jumped out to an early nine point lead. Fields continued to lead the team’s offense as the usual contributors Rashawn McCarthy and Jerramy King joined him. Columbian was able to increase their lead to double digits before Rain or Shine cut it down heading into halftime.

The Elasto Painters rode on the momentum they had to end the first half and scored eight straight points to open the third period to take the lead. Ed Daquioag was instrumental in the early third quarter run as he scored six points to lead the team. But that was the last stand of Rain or Shine. Fields and McCarthy scored seven straight points to reclaim the lead. In the fourth quarter, Columbian teamed up to keep Rain or Shine at bay. Fields hit timely shots and sank key free throws to secure the win.

Fields finished with a strong performance of 34 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. McCarthy added 23 points while King had 13.

Meralco Bolts 93 – San Miguel Beermen 85

The Meralco Bolts spoiled the first game of the San Miguel Beermen’s top draft pick Christian Standhardinger. The Bolts took control of the game in the fourth quarter to deal the Beermen their first loss of the conference.

Standhardinger made his debut at 3:40 of the the first quarter. He nailed a jump shot to tie the game a few possessions after. The Beermen held a slim lead after the first quarter. They increased that lead to five early in the second period. That was when the Meralco guards caught fire. Anjo Caram hit a three-pointer midway through the period to retake the lead from San Miguel. Baser Amer and Jared Dillinger then teamed up on a 17-5 to close the first half. Amer scored eight points on two three-pointers to lead Meralco to a five-point lead after two quarters.

The Beermen starters took control of the game in the third quarter. The offense ran smoothly after halftime as Alex Cabagnot and June Mar Fajardo led the charge. After being down by five, San Miguel built a seven-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

Chris Newsome and Amer led the comeback for Meralco. The two scored nine straight points on three treys for the Bolts to pull the team to within one point. Amer continued to carry the Meralco offense scoring eight points in the next few possessions of the Bolts. He nailed a pull-up three-pointer to give the Bolts a four point lead heading into the final minutes of the game. Amer and Newsome continued to stay aggressive in the end game as they got to the line several times to hold off the Beermen’s final run.

Amer led the team with 28 points on 5/6 shooting from beyond the arc. Newsome carried over his hot shooting from the last game with 23 points. Standhardinger played less than 20 minutes and was limited to just four points and five rebounds.

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