Meralco escaped Converge on PBA Friday, despite a 50-point triple-double from Jamaal Franklin.
Meralco survives overtime thriller
Behind another tremendous performance from Aaron Black, the Meralco Bolts carved a thrilling 132-129 overtime win over the Converge FiberXers. Black put in 28 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, while import K.J. McDaniels topscored for Meralco with 33 markers.
The Bolts had to overcome a herculean effort from FiberXers import Jamaal Franklin, who feasted from the free throw line (29-30 FT), and finished with a triple-double stat line of 57 points, 14 boards, 11 assists, and 3 blocks.
The win pushes Meralco to a 6-4 slate, while the loss drops Converge to an identical 6-4 record.
Standhardinger continues to impress
Barangay Ginebra used a strong first half to cruise past the Phoenix Super LPG with a 109-89 victory. Christian Standhardinger poured in a near-triple-double work of 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists, as Ginebra extends their winning streak to three games.
Du’Vaughn Maxwell paced Phoenix with 22 markers, but a difficult second quarter stripped them of an opportunity to score an upset over Ginebra. Phoenix now drops to a 4-6 record, but they still maintain their hold on the 8th spot in the standings.