Here is a rundown of what took place during Friday’s 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup games, starting with the amazing Robert Bolick.
Bolick’s career-best performance carves Meralco’s defense
The NorthPort Batang Pier figured in another close contest and emerged victorious this time around, beating the Meralco Bolts via a 101-95 comeback win in overtime. NorthPort star Robert Bolick delivered the goods, as he came up with a career-high 44 markers, including 22 big points in the fourth quarter and overtime period. Import Prince Ibeh only had 12 points in the Batang Pier win, but he also hauled in 11 rebounds and 8 blocks.
It was another classic performance for the 27-year-old Bolick, who already totaled 54 points in NorthPort’s first two games of the conference. After this herculean scoring night against Meralco, Bolick is now averaging 32.7 points across three contests.
It was a frustrating night for the Bolts, as they squandered a 20-point lead in the third quarter to lose in their conference opener. Meralco import Johnny O’Bryant led their charge with a double-double stat line of 30 points and 22 rebounds but ran out of gas in the closing stages of overtime. Raymond Almazan and Allein Maliksi chipped in 17 and 11 markers, respectively.
Meralco star Chris Newsome left the game early due to an apparent calf injury.
Road Warriors ride fourth-quarter run in win over Blackwater
The NLEX Road Warriors came up with an inspiring comeback performance to put away the Blackwater Bossing, 105-102. NLEX import Earl Clark torched Blackwater with his game-high 38 points, while also grabbing 25 boards and rejecting three shots. Don Trollano contributed 18 markers, and Kevin Alas came off the bench to produce 16.
Blackwater still had a double-digit lead with a little above five minutes left in the final period. But a 14-0 run from the Road Warriors broke the game wide open, and the Bossing didn’t have an answer at the end.
Baser Amer impressed again with 26 points, while import Cameron Krutwig had 18 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists in the loss.