PBA: Meralco clobbers Converge to go join early Philippine Cup leaders | Inquirer Sports

PBA: Meralco clobbers Converge to go join early Philippine Cup leaders

/ 10:14 PM June 16, 2022

Aaron Black leads Meralco Bolts to a 2-0 start. –PBA IMAGES

Aaron Black leads Meralco Bolts to a 2-0 start. –PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines–Meralco took a share of the lead in the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup on Thursday night after dismantling Converge, 90-74, at Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

Aaron Black, Chris Newsome, and Allein Maliksi figured a fourth-quarter run that made the FiberXers look like they didn’t belong on the same floor with them, eventually handing the young club its first blowout in the pioneering pro league.

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“Our defense is the bread and butter of Meralco. We just play good defense and let our offense follow,” said Black, who wound up with 25 points and five assists.

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Maliksi tossed in 22 while Newsome 19 as Meralco joined idle San Miguel Beer atop the standings.

Converge got the goods from Taylor Browne, a sophomore who spent his rookie season as a reserve for the now-disbanded Alaska Aces. He finished with 14 points built on 4-for-5 three-point shooting.

The FiberXers, which dropped to 1-4, still looked with so much promise as Jeo Ambohot racked up 10 points and 11 rebounds spiked with four blocks.

Meralco plays 2-2 TNT next in a battle of sister teams this Sunday.

Converge, meanwhile, shoots for a crucial win against winless Terrafirma Wednesday next week.

The Scores

Meralco 90 – Black 25, Maliksi 22, Newsome 19, Hodge 6, Hugnatan 6, Almazan 5, Jose 4, Quinto 3, Banchero 0, Caram 0, Pasaol 0, Pascual 0, Baclao 0.

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Converge 74 – Browne 14, Ambohot 10, Teng 8, Adamos 7, Digregorio 6, Racal 6, Ahanmisi 5, Arana 4, Lojera 4, Murrell 3, Tolomia 2, Hill 2, Stockton 2, Ilagan 1, Bulanadi 0.

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Quarters: 20-23, 44-35, 61-60, 90-74.

TAGS: Converge FiberXers, Meralco Bolts, PBA Philippine Cup

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