Mac Belo's career high lifts Meralco over sluggish NorthPort

Mac Belo put up a career high in his Meralco debut. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Mac Belo is back!

The six-foot-four swingman put up his best performance in his PBA career right in his first game with Meralco even as the team clobbered NorthPort, 85-63, in the main game of the opening day triple-header at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Friday night.

Belo, who has been hampered by injuries during his early days with the Blackwater Bossing, played as if it was his momentous amateur days with the FEU Tamaraws all over again, leading the Bolts with 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting, nine rebounds, and three assists.

However, it was defense that mattered a lot for Meralco, holding NorthPort to the least points the team scored in a game ever and the second lowest field goal percentage in PBA history at 21 percent.

Allein Maliksi is the only other Bolt in double figures, backstopping Belo offensively with 14 points alongside six rebounds and one assist.

Sidney Onwubere led the Batang Pier, who opted to sit out new acquisition Greg Slaughter after only returning from the United States just before the season start, with 13 markers, six boards, and one steal.

In his comeback game, Robert Bolick was sluggish, only tallying 11 points on 4-of-19 shooting, but he added nine caroms, three dimes, and one swipe.

Jamie Malonzo, the number two pick in the recent PBA Draft, tallied nine points on 3-for-12 from the floor, nine rebounds, one assist, and one steal in his pro debut.

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