12 December 2013

Bolts 72, Mixers 64

John Wilson
Just when everybody had thought they’re done, the Meralco Bolts got going and fashioned out the biggest comeback win in PBA Season 39 thus far.

The combination of John Wilson, Jared Dillinger, Reynel Hugnatan, Chris Timberlake and Sunday Salvacion worked on Meralco’s stirring rally from an 18-point deficit en route to a 72-64 stunner in the PLDT MyDSL PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night (11 December 2013).

"Walang palitan ‘yon," said Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio himself amazed at the tough win carved by the odd mix.

"I huddled them after the game and told them 'this victory is all yours. It's a great testament on the fantastic resolve you played out there,'" Gregorio also said.

"We grinded with our small group. Wilson, Papa Rey and Dillinger hit some kinds of shots," Gregorio added.

Wilson scored all of his 19 points in the second half while Hugnatan and Dillinger came through with big shots in the fourth quarter as the Bolts made a big turnaround from 33-51 down and jolted the Mixers to hit the .500 mark again at 3-3.

The Mixers blew the game on a sorry fourth-quarter meltdown and stayed deep down the leader board at 1-5.

Gregorio also made special mention of his coaching staff. He said: “They suggested that we shift from man to zone, and that proved to be a big key.”

By the end of the third quarter, the Bolts were just faced with an eight-point deficit at 46-54.

Hugnatan and Wilson then teamed up in a 15-2 opening run in the fourth quarter, and Meralco eventually surged ahead at 61-56.

The Bolts never looked back from there with Dillinger later taking over, hitting eight of the team’s last 11 markers.

Gregorio stuck with Wilson, Dillinger, Hugnatan, Timberlake and Salvacion in the fourth quarter where they outscored the Mixers, 26-10.

Kept on the bench were starters Gary David, Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Mike Cortez.

The Mixers were held to 4-of-19 field goals and committed five turnovers in their fourth-quarter collapse.

Wilson also got six rebounds, three steals and one assist on top of 19 points while Hugnatan finished with 16 markers and eight boards, and Dillinger with 13 points, six rebounds and four assists. (SB)

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