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Bolts zap Elite in Govs’ Cup debut

Guard Baser Amer topscored for Meralco in the team's win over Blackwater.

By Ricky Manliguis

MANILA—For the Meralco Bolts, the road to redemption starts now.

Flaunting its deadly form that brought them to the finals last year, the Bolts made mincemeat of Blackwater, 107-78, to win its first game in the 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’Cup Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

With Allen Durham’s usual production and a balanced local production, the B-Boys went out of the gates on a rampage right from opening tip to assert its intentions for the title in the season-ending conference.
Baser Amer scored 20 points, eight of which coming from a 22-6 first quarter start that went to as high as 21 points, 29-8. The former San Beda stalwart also dished out eight assists and six rebounds.

The lead continued to swell in the second half, with Chris Newsome scoring on a dunk for a 37-point buffer, 5:03 left in the game.

Returning Best Import Durham contributed 18 markers   plus 21 boards, while debutant Garvo Lanete went ballistic from downtown to finish with 15.

The Bolts limited the Elite to just 33 percent from the field while scoring 55% of their own.

“It’s exactly the type of start we hoped for,” coach Norman Black said. “We played well in our last two exhibition games.”

Trevis Simpson tallied 25 points, but found little local support, as Bam Gamalinda was the only double-digit scorer with 10.   

The scores:

Meralco 107 – Amer 20, Durham 18, Lanete 15, Dillinger 14, Newsome 13, Hodge 11, Hugnatan 4, Nabong 4, Caram 2, Yeo 2, Sedurifa 2, Faundo 2, Chua 0, Atkins 0

Blackwater 78 – Simpson 25, Gamalinda 10, Sena 7, Cruz 7, Digregorio 6, Sumang 5, Erram 4, Canaleta 3, Pascual 3, Aguilar 2, Miranda 2, Banal 2, Cervantes 2, Buenafe 0, Pinto 0

Quarterscores: 32-15, 63-34, 88-52, 107-78.

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