Meralco trips Barako, gains share of lead

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MERALCO Bolts trounced Barako Bull, 98-85, on Friday to regain share of the top spot in the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup elimination round at the Araneta Coliseum.

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Import Josh Davis, Gary David and Reynel Hugnatan worked on a fluid offense and solid defense all throughout to secure their sixth win against only two losses and regained share of leadership with sister team Talk ‘N Text.

The setback, its fifth in nine matches dropped Barako Bull to a tie at the ninth position along with Kia Carnival.

“It’s nice to have Josh Davis at 100%. His energy and intensity did wonders.  We were able to execute our game plan and limit the import of Barako Bull. Josh Davis is a pretty good player, he brings much energy on the table. We really want to get to where we were before Josh got hurt,” said Meralco coach Norman Black referring to the return of Davis from injury.

Meralco led by Davis shoot well in the first two quarters with 51 percent compared to a low 43 for the Energy Cola. The high shooting percentage enabled the Bolts to take a 49-38 upperhand in the first half, 15 of which came from the 6-foor-8 Davis.

In contrast, Barako Bull import Solomon Alabi hounded by the tight guarding of Hugnatan was held scoreless in the first half. The 7-foot-1 Alabi managed only three rebounds in that span, which compounded the woes of coach Koy Banal. He could only settle with 14 points.

Davis topscored for Meralco with 32 points on top of 17 rebounds and two blocks, while David finished with 14 and 21 from Hugnatan.

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