27 September 2016

Preview: Bolts vs Tropang Texters (Semis)

Meralco Bolts' Bench
It's down to the final four teams and its a battle between sister teams. Barangay Ginebra already took Game 1 in their best-of-five series against San Miguel, while Meralco Bolts and Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters will have their baptism later in the evening (27 September).

The Bolts and the Texters are familiar with each other than most people think mainly because they have players and coaches who have played on both sides, and that adds a lot of potentially dramatic flavor to this match up. Among these are Jimmy Alapag, Jared Dillinger, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Jai Reyes, and, of course, coaches Norman Black and Jong Uichico.

25 September 2016

Bolts 105, Enforcers 82

Jimmy Alapag
Meralco repeated over Mahindra, 105-82, to gain a semifinals berth in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup at Ynares Center last 24 September.

The Bolts bucked another slow start and overcame a double-digit deficit thanks to a 28-8 run in the second quarter. With the win, they have arranged a showdown with their sister team, Talk N' Text, in a best-of-five semis duel.

23 September 2016

Preview: Bolts vs Enforcers (Playoff)

Meralco Bolts
In the last ten days, the Meralco Bolts defeated the Mahindra Enforcers to claim the No. 4 spot and last twice-to-beat advantage. However, it doesn't mean anything if considering that the average margin is only 3.5 on both those games.

Having the same record of 6 wins and 5 losses means that both teams are assured to meet again regardless of who wins. The only difference is that Meralco only need to win one more, while Mahindra needs to win meet again on Saturday (24 September) to force a winner-take-all affair.

22 September 2016

Bolts 104, Enforcers 99

Jared Dillinger
Jared Dillinger was just unstoppable as the athletic veteran provided Allen Durham the needed support to allow Meralco to get away with a 104-99 victory over Mahindra last 21 September to nab the No. 4 ranking in the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Dillinger scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, including 12 in the fourth period, as the Bolts survived another tough stance from the Enforcer in the game held to decide which team takes the last twice-to-win advantage in the next round.