Meralco thwarts Global Port, 101-92




09:19 PM November 23rd, 2012

By: Mark Giongco, November 23rd, 2012 09:19 PM

Macmac Cardona vs Willie Miller. PBA/Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines – Meralco proved to be the better team down the stretch as it thwarted Global Port, 101-92, Friday in the 38th PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Bolts, who bounced back after a forgetful overtime setback against Rain or Shine, drew solid performances from Sol Mercado and rookie Kelly Nabong.

Nabong finished with a career-high 18 points on top of 11 rebounds to give his team a much-needed inside presence.

Mercado drilled five straight points, a three to beat the shot clock before a long jumper,  that finally put away the Batang Pier, 93-83, with 2:00 left.

Ronjay Buenafe nailed a triple to break an 83-deadlock, then Nabong made a basket inside followed by Mercado’s back-to-back shots to cap Meralco’s 10-0 spurt.

Mercado added 24 points while Buenafe chipped in 14.

The Bolts, who were led by Mac Cardona’s 26 points, improved to 6-5 while Batang Pier fell to 1-10.

Global Port’s lone win came against Meralco in their first encounter last October.

Gary David’s game-high 33 points, 25 in the first half, still couldn’t snap the Batang Pier’s losing skid which is now at seven.

Rey Guevarra also had a good game for Global with 20 markers.

Disclaimer: Comments do not represent the views of We reserve the right to exclude comments which are inconsistent with our editorial standards. FULL DISCLAIMER

View Comments
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.