PBA: Bolts zap Express, bolster twice-to-beat bid


Mike Cortez of Meralco (dark) vs Zach Graham of Air21 (light). PHOTO BY NUKI SABIO/PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines — Mike Cortez reminded Air 21 of what he’s capable of as he helped the Meralco Bolts to score a 100-91 win over the Express in the 38th PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Cortez, who was traded to Meralco recently, starred with 17 points, six assists and two steals as the Bolts tied the San Mig Coffee Mixers in second place with identical 5-3 records.

Import Mario West topscored with 29 points while Cliff Hodge had 24 points and 13 rebounds.

The Express, who is in danger of missing the quarterfinals after falling to 2-6 with one game left in the elimination round, were paced by Zach Graham’s 22 points.

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