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Meralco Bolts overwhelm undermanned Magnolia Hotshots in 75-41 victory

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OVERWHELMING WIN. The Meralco Bolts prove too strong for the undermanned Magnolia Hotshots whom they defeated, 75-41, in the PBA Philippine Cup at the PhilSports Arena on Sunday, April 28. PBA PHOTO

Meralco surged forward in their playoff push with a dominant defensive display, stifling an undermanned Magnolia squad to secure a resounding 74-51 victory in the PBA Philippine Cup at the PhilSports Arena on Sunday, April 28.

The Bolts’ victory was anchored by a standout performance from Raymond Almazan, who bounced back with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Newsome also made significant contributions with 12 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and two blocks, showcasing Meralco’s depth and versatility.

However, it was Meralco’s suffocating defense that truly defined the game. Magnolia struggled to find any offensive rhythm throughout the contest, resulting in the Hotshots’ lowest-scoring game in franchise history. The absence of key players Jio Jalalon and Calvin Abueva compounded Magnolia’s offensive woes, with coach Luigi Trillo acknowledging their significant impact on the team’s performance.

“In the first half, they only scored 21 points. Our defensive effort was on point, and the absence of Jalalon and Abueva affected them,” noted Trillo.

Despite an injury to Aaron Black early in the third quarter, Meralco maintained their defensive intensity, further stifling Magnolia’s attempts to rally. The Bolts’ defensive prowess was highlighted by their ability to capitalize on Magnolia’s turnovers, converting them into crucial points that propelled Meralco to their lowest points-allowed mark in franchise history.

Magnolia’s struggles were epitomized by the scoring droughts of key players Ian Sangalang and Mark Barroca, who were held in check throughout the game. Sangalang managed eight points and 10 rebounds, well below his usual output, while Barroca could only muster five points on a challenging 1-of-12 shooting night.

The Hotshots’ offensive woes were compounded by their 18 turnovers, which Meralco exploited to their advantage, capitalizing on fast-break opportunities and building an insurmountable lead.

Meralco’s victory not only extended their winning streak but also bolstered their playoff prospects, positioning them for a potential top-six finish as the PBA Philippine Cup nears its conclusion. The Bolts’ cohesive team effort and defensive tenacity were on full display, underscoring their readiness for the postseason.

As Meralco continues to build momentum, coach Trillo emphasized the collective effort of his players in executing their roles effectively, underscoring the importance of defensive discipline and teamwork in their success.

With the playoffs looming, Meralco’s formidable defense and recent performances signal their readiness to contend with the league’s elite teams, poised to make a significant impact as they pursue championship aspirations in the PBA Philippine Cup.

The boxscores:

Meralco 74 – Newsome 12, Almazan 12, Banchero 11, Bates 10, Caram 9, Quinto 6, Maliksi 4, Black 3, Dario 3, Hodge 2, Pascual 2, Torres 0, Pasaol 0.

Magnolia 51 – Sangalang 8, Laput 6, Dionisio 6, Lee 6, Dela Rosa 5, Barroca 5, Tratter 4, Balanza 4, Escoto 2, Corpuz 2, Eriobu 2, Mendoza 1, Reavis 0.

Quarterscores: 21-14, 35-21, 56-34, 74-51

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