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Bong Quinto steers Meralco Bolts’ 86-83 victory against Terrafirma Dyip

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GAME HERO. Bong Quinto lifts Meralco Bolts’ 86-83 win against the Terrafirma Dyip in their PBA Philippine Cup game on Wednesday night, April 3, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. PBA PHOTO

Bong Quinto emerged as the hero for Meralco, steering the Bolts to a hard-fought 86-83 victory over Terrafirma in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night, April 3, 2024, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Meralco faced a formidable challenge from a determined Terrafirma squad, coached by Luigi Trillo, that pushed them to the limit. Trillo acknowledged the Dyip’s tenacity, stating that they played well, forcing the Bolts to struggle.

Trillo also said that Terrafirma is an up-and-coming team, but they had to gut it out.

Quinto’s performance was instrumental in turning the tide in Meralco’s favor during the crucial moments of the game. 

Down 79-81 in the closing minutes, Quinto took charge, scoring the Bolts’ final seven points to secure the win. His clutch play showcased leadership and composure under pressure.

The supporting cast also played vital roles in Meralco’s victory. Cliff Hodge’s offensive rebounds off Quinto’s missed free throws proved crucial in maintaining the Bolts’ slim lead in the waning seconds of the game.

Quinto finished the game with 18 points, leading the team in scoring while contributing seven rebounds and four assists. Norbert Torres added 15 points, with 10 of them coming in the decisive final quarter, showcasing Meralco’s depth and resilience.

Despite a quieter offensive night from key players like Chris Newsome and Allein Maliksi, who combined for just 13 points, Meralco found contributions from multiple sources to overcome Terrafirma’s challenges.

Terrafirma’s Juami Tiongson and Stephen Holt led the Dyip’s charge with 20 points each, with Tiongson also grabbing 10 rebounds. The Dyip displayed resilience throughout the game, reclaiming the lead after Meralco surged ahead with a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter.

However, Meralco’s poise and determination proved decisive in the end. Quinto’s three-pointer to kickstart the Bolts’ late surge epitomized their resolve, as Terrafirma struggled to respond.

The win marked Meralco’s second consecutive victory, leveling their record at 3-3 alongside Terrafirma in the standings. Coach Trillo emphasized the collective effort of his team, acknowledging the contributions of multiple players beyond Quinto. The Bolts showcased their ability to stay composed under pressure and execute in critical moments, setting a positive tone for their campaign in the Philippine Cup.

As the season progresses, Meralco will look to build on this hard-earned victory and continue their ascent in the league standings, drawing inspiration from Quinto’s leadership and the team’s collective resilience.

The boxscores:

Meralco 86 – Quinto 18, Torres 15, Almazan 14, Black 7, Mendoza 7, Newsome 7, Banchero 6, Maliksi 6, Hodge 4, Pascual 2, Jose 0, Rios 0.

Terrafirma 83 – Tiongson 20, Holt 20, Gomez de Liano 11, Ramos 11, Sangalang 6, Go 4, Camson 4, Carino 4, Cahilig 3, Mina 0, Calvo 0, Alolino 0.

Quarterscores: 19-25, 39-46, 63-65, 86-83.

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