Meralco pulls away late to trounce NLEX


By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Allen Durham dropped 31 points, 17 rebounds, and five assists as Meralco, despite having only seven players scored, shrugged an NLEX squad still reeling from what happened to one of its stars, 101-95, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.

The Bolts pulled away for good in the final 3:08 of the game by a 14-6 run to trounce the Road Warriors, whose reserve guard Mac-Mac Cardona was rushed to the hospital on Sunday for pill overdose.

[Related Story: Cardona hospitalized after drug overdose]

The Bolts survived a 38-point blitz by Henry Walker as they forced the Road Warriors to 24 turnovers.

Box Scores:

Meralco 101-Durham 31, Hodge 17, Dillinger 12, Nabong 12, Newsome 12, Faundo 10, Amer 7, Buenafe 0, Caram 0, Hugnatan 0

NLEX 95-Walker 38, Anthony 13, Monfort 12, Taulava 10, Khobuntin 8, Baracael 4, Akl 3, Arboleda 3, Alas 2, Reyes 2, Soyud 0, E. Villanueva 0

Quarterscores: 22-19, 44-36, 70-66, 101-95

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