08 June 2014

Bolts 90, Beermen 74

Mario West
Mario West came up with his best effort in the PBA Governors’ Cup via a 42-point explosion to help Meralco rout a short-handed San Miguel Beer, 90-74, on Saturday.

Coach Ryan Gregorio is thankful they pulled off an upset against the Beermen and notched the Bolts’ second win in 7 starts. He said they need every win to save their Governors' Cup campaign.

"It’s just survival instincts. It’s all we’re fighting for at this point. We will not retreat, we will not surrender. I think this win averted an outright elimination for us. We just gotta keep on fighting," said the coach in the PBA website.

The scores were close in the first two quarters, but West instigated the Bolts’ breakaway in the third quarter to gain a 61-47 advantage against the Beermen.

Meralco continued to take advantage of the undermanned San Miguel in the fourth, and in the last 1:47 minutes, the Bolts were already up by 16 points, 88-72. However, Bolts fans should not keep their hopes up. West has been one of those inconsistent imports so far and nobody should expect the same kind of performance in the next couple of games or so.

The Beermen found themselves sorely lacking minus injured players Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross and Paolo Hubalde.

Aside from tallying 42 points, West finished the game with 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Meralco also got 12 points from Cliff Hodge and 10 from Reynel Hugnatan.

JuneMar Fajardo paced San Miguel with 22 points. Import Reggie Williams added 17 for the Beermen, who fell to fifth place with a 4-3 card.

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