The Meralco Bolts came in well prepared as they entangled their Governors’ Cup nemesis the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 93-89.
Despite of having a triple-double performance from the “balik-Ginebra-import” Justin Brownlee, the Gin Kings still absorbed another loss. Their third in five-game outings.
In his 2018 PBA debut, Brownlee tallied 20 points, 16 rebounds and 12 assists and coincedentally he clashed a team that they defeated in 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. Brownlee replaced the struggling Charles Garcia who seems having difficulties finding his groove in coach Tim Cone offensive strategy.
Scottie Thompson and Japeth Aguilar were the only Ginebra locals scored in double-figures with 12 points and 13 points respectively.
The game was manageable for Ginebra in the first half until that 8-0 surge from the Bolts led by Ranidel de Ocampo and Arinze Onuaku and the lead ballooned, 73-56.
“Good effort for us. Big win for us especially [since] it leaves us a little bit more from the top and keeps us away from the bottom,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.
Onuaku was playing like a real winner of the Best Import of the Conference trophy as he logged 24 points and 23 rebounds while Chris Newsome added 22 points who is very agressive in scoring since the beginning of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Meralco vs Ginebra Box Score
Quarters: 28-22 | 48-42 | 73-58 | 93-89
Meralco (93): Onuaku 24, Newsome 22, Dillinger 13, Caram 12, De Ocampo 5, Hodge 4, Canaleta 0, Hugnatan 0
Ginebra (89): Brownlee 20, Aguilar 13, Thompson 12, Slaughter 8, Mercado 7, Tenorio 6, Devance 6, Caguioa 5, Caperal 5, Cruz 0