The Rundown From PBA Friday: Meralco Overcomes Nicholson’s 50-Point Outing

The Meralco Bolts came up with a huge win to keep their playoffs hopes alive.

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McDaniels, Bolts Overcome Nicholson's Big Game

The Meralco Bolts desperately needed a win, and they got one against a big fish. Behind a balanced effort on both ends of the floor, Meralco was able to hack out a thrilling 92-89 victory over the Bay Area Dragons. Returning import K.J. McDaniels led the Bolts’ charge, as he finished with 31 points, eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. McDaniels actually struggled shooting the ball (11-of-33 shooting) but he was instrumental in the clutch, joining forces with the likes of Bong Quinto and Raymond Almazan to produce some timely plays on both offense and defense.

Bay Area import Andrew Nicholson dominated with a 50-point outing, but the Bolts’ defense came up with crucial stops in the closing minutes. Kobey Lam also chipped 23 markers and nine boards for the Dragons.

Bay Area falls to a 6-2 record, while Meralco improves to a 2-5 slate.

Taylor Jr. Lifts Elasto Painters to Fourth Win

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters leaned on their import’s heroics to escape the NorthPort Batang Pier, 76-75. Taylor hauled a double-double performance of 20 points and 16 rebounds and came up with the big plays down the stretch.

Taylor scored two consecutive buckets to give the Elasto Painters a one-point lead, then rejected NorthPort guard Roi Sumang on the other end. It was a grind-it-out contest that saw a low-scoring affair. Anton Asistio (12 points) and Leonard Santillan (10) are the other double-digit scorers for Rain or Shine.

Robert Bolick had 18 markers for NorthPort, while Will Navarro contributed 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks. NorthPort (3-5) will face the NLEX Road Warriors next, while Rain or Shine (4-4) will match up with Bay Area in their upcoming assignment.

By the Numbers

  • 39%

    Before yesterday's game against Bay Area, Meralco had one of the worst defenses in the league. They only ranked 9th in defensive rating, and they allow their opponents to shoot 45% from the field (3rd-worst opponent FG%). But the Bolts' defense tightened up against the Dragons, limiting them to just 89 points on 39% FG. This is the first time that Bay Area was held under 90 points.

  • 22

    Even without the injured Cliff Hodge, Meralco absolutely crashed the offensive boards yesterday. They had 22 offensive rebounds, which then turned into 22 second chance points. Every offensive rebound turned into a point for Meralco, something that will really boost a team's chances in a low-scoring game.

  • 7

    The Batang Pier only shot seven free throws as a team in the loss to the Elasto Painters. Only Will Navarro (three), Robert Bolick (two), and Kevin Ferrer (two) made their way to the charity stripe — import Prince Ibeh had zero FT attempts the whole game.

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