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Meralco back on winning track with rout of Blackwater


By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--No Gary David? No problem.

Meralco snapped back-to-back losses in fashion by hacking out a 106-83 victory over Blackwater in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday.

With David serving a suspension meted by the Bolts' management for a mishap with Coach Norman Black, they blew the game wide open in the second quarter and never gave the Elite a chance to come back.

Arinze Onuaku led Meralco with 27 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, and a steal, while Baser Amer had his best game in his rookie season by tallying 15 points with a perfect 4-of-4 clip from three-point range.

Rey Guevarra, who was activated in lieu of David, was scoreless in two minutes of play.

Carlo Lastimosa had 16 points, while MJ Rhett had a quiet eight for Blackwater.

Box Scores:

Meralco 106-Onuaku 27, Amer 15, R Buenafe 11, Alapag 8, Hodge 7, RJ Buenafe 6, Caram 6, Hugatan 6, Newsome 6, Bono 4, Dillinger 4, Faundo 4, Ferriols 2, Guevarra 0

Blackwater 83-Lastimosa 16, Cortez 15, Dela Cruz 10, Rett 8, Reyes 7, Vosotros 7, Erram 6, Sena 4, Cervantes 3, Bulawan 2, Tiongson 2, Gamalinda 2, Agovida 1, Ballesteros 0, Golla 0

Quarterscores: 30-21, 52-35; 81-62; 106-83

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