10 November 2016

Two Meralco Veterans Who Gave Telling Blows Last Season

Alapag and Hugnatan
The 2016 PBA Governor's Cup Finals series was a first time for the Meralco Bolts since joining the league in 2010. Going up against the crowd favorite, Barangay Ginebra, did not come easy as they lost 4-2. However, one veteran stood out for his gritty plays, poise under pressure and impeccable three-point shooting.

Reynel Hugnatan wasn't really known for his outside shooting, but after his performance from beyond the arc in the series, Meralco coach Norman Black said he will let the 37-year-old power forward shoot more in the next season with the franchise.

In Game 3, Hugnatan nailed all of his three-point attempts in the final two minutes to push the Bolts to 107-103 win and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven PBA Governors' Cup Finals.

"He did it against Talk 'N Text, right? And he did it again tonight, so it's definitely not a fluke," said Black in the post-game press conference.

"Those were some huge three point shots that he made and I'm just gonna let him keep taking them because that's one of the main reasons we're here in the finals."

Hugnatan finished the game with 17 points, including three triples, to go with his eight rebounds and three assists.

Black also said one of the reasons for their success last season is their ball movement and there is no one who can orchestrate this better than the former Most Valuable Player (MVP) and now the undisputed three-point king Jimmy Alapag.

The Meralco veteran pointguard has just announced his retirement and it's a big question now on who can duplicate or even come close to his feat. Will it be sophomore Baser Amer, the veteran Jonathan Uyloan or rookie Ed Daquiaog rule them all.

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