Latest Stories

Meralco gets the job done vs Globalport


Meralco didn’t suffer a power outage this time as it pushed Globalport to the cliff’s edge.

Drawing superlative efforts from its superstars and a career game from rookie Kelly Nabong, the Bolts tripped the Batang Pier, 101-92, Friday night to stay in the upper half of the PBA Philippine Cup standings at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Mac Cardona scattered 26 points, Sol Mercado had 11 of his 24 in the fourth, and Nabong tossed in a career-high 18 that went with 11 rebounds as Meralco rebounded from that humiliating loss to Rain or Shine last Wednesday to rise to 6-5.

“That was pretty much a lesson in humility,” coach Ryan Gregorio told reporters, referring to a 98-102 overtime loss to the Elasto Painters that saw them blow a 26-point third quarter lead. “We weren’t able to handle success in a positive way (in that game).”

Meralco regained solo fourth with the win, while also dealing the Batang Pier a seventh straight setback for a 1-10 card that all but put the lights out on Globalport’s first conference in the league.

Those seven straight defeats actually started after Globalport’s first and only win thus far, which came at the expense of Meralco, 105-104, behind Willie Miller’s 33 points.

Gary David, who wasn’t in the lineup when Globalport won that game, scored 25 points in the first half and Rey Guevarra had all but two of his 20 in the last two periods, enabling the Batang Pier to tug at the coattails of the Bolts.

But Meralco simply had more firepower, with Mercado being joined by Buenafe in a torrid finish.

“I think today we were not complacent,” Gregorio said in a not-so-subtle reply to a post-game statement made by Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao after that epic Wednesday win. Gregorio, though, quickly pointed out that he wouldn’t want to get into a word war with Guiao.

“I have so much respect for coach Yeng that I wouldn’t want to be dragged into a word war (with him),” Gregorio said. “It (Guiao’s statement) is part of the game, and I don’t want to be dragged into a word war I will never win. Might as well end it right now.”

Buenafe finished with 14 points and Reynel Hugnatan contributed 10.

Mercado also dished out nine assists.

Meanwhile, action goes to the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City as Petron Blaze shoots for a third straight win when it battles Barako Bull in a road game presented by Phoenix Fuels.

Game time is 6:30 p.m. with the Boosters shooting to get back to .500.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Basketball , Globalport , Globalport Batang Pier , Meralco Bolts , PBA , PBA Philippine Cup , Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Mayweather diehard Bieber eats pride, poses with Pacquiao for photo op
  2. Tale of fighting unwashed foe provides comic relief for Pacquiao’s Palace call
  3. Tough cast of possible Manny Pacquiao foes
  4. Talk ‘N Text knocks off listless Ginebra, enters semis
  5. Goodbye MGM, Las Vegas for Pacquiao?
  6. Tale of the Tape: Julaton’s MMA debut on May 2 vs. Saber
  7. Shakey’s V-League: Lady Agilas nip Lady Altas
  8. Express forge knockout tiff Use hot start to whip Beermen
  9. Pacquiao top Mayweather contender
  10. Texters book semifinal slot
  1. Mayweather diehard Bieber eats pride, poses with Pacquiao for photo op
  2. Goodbye MGM, Las Vegas for Pacquiao?
  3. Pacquiao top Mayweather contender
  4. What Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather could do
  5. Tough cast of possible Manny Pacquiao foes
  6. Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  7. Tale of fighting unwashed foe provides comic relief for Pacquiao’s Palace call
  8. Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  9. Ageless Hopkins pitches 50-50 Mayweather deal
  10. Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  1. Mayweather diehard Bieber eats pride, poses with Pacquiao for photo op
  2. ‘Mommy D’ steals show as son fights
  3. Goodbye MGM, Las Vegas for Pacquiao?
  4. Pacquiao wins unanimous decision vs Bradley to reclaim WBO title
  5. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  6. Mayweather surprise visitor to Bradley camp
  7. Bradley won’t last distance– Peñalosa
  8. Manny Pacquiao: I’ll have everything back
  9. Pacquiao top Mayweather contender
  10. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley


  • PNP chief on plunder raps: ‘Amateurish’
  • Makati readies 12-month traffic plan for Skyway 3
  • Heard on Radyo Inquirer 990AM
  • Did you know
  • HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  • Sports

  • Mixers trim Aces, force do-or-die tiff
  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
  • Baguio climb to decide Le Tour de Filipinas
  • Lifestyle

  • Entering the monkhood a rite of passage
  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Entertainment

  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • From prison to the peak of success
  • ‘Asedillo’ location thrives
  • Business

  • PH banks not ready for Asean integration
  • Stocks down on profit-taking
  • Banks allowed to use ‘cloud’
  • SMIC to issue P15-B bonds
  • Honda upgrades PH plant
  • Technology

  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • 19 Ukrainians, Russians, Filipinas rescued in bar raid
  • Filipinos coming home from Mideast must obtain MERS clearance – DOH
  • US Secret Service in Manila ahead of Obama visit
  • Palace thanks Estrada for successful HK mission
  • Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted
  • Marketplace