Tighter race to quarterfinals

first_img“Arinze controlled the paint and it was a good team effort on our part,” said Meralco coach Norman Black of his import who scored 14 points and grabbed 23 rebounds.“We came into this game knowing it’s going to be tough and our defense was exceptional tonight,” added Black after Meralco won a fourth straight game and rose to 7-2, now tied for second with its victim.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIn the nightcap, Barangay Ginebra improved its chances of making the eight-team quarterfinals after routing Magnolia, 104-84.The Gin Kings raised their record to 3-5 while the Hotshots, along with idle Columbian Dyip, remained a full game ahead at 4-5. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ PBA IMAGESArinze Onuaku can make a huge impact even without asserting himself in offense.The burly Meralco import dominated again inside the paint, giving his teammates room to operate as the Bolts snapped Alaska’s seven-game winning streak with an 89-74 victory on Sunday that tightened the top-two race in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Crippled Ceres extends lead Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ The Bolts shot the lights out in the third quarter with Jared Dilinger and Chris Newsome pushing up the pace to break free from the headstrong Aces.Newsome sparked the Merlaco run by squeezing his way in the lane before executing a one-hand jam over the much taller Antonio Campbell.Even Ranidel De Ocampo and versatile guard Baser Amer got into the scoring act that saw the Bolts build an 18-point advantage going into the final canto.With the Alaska loss, Rain or Shine was left alone on top at8-1 and the Bolts will have advantage in the tiebreak for No. 2 if they end up tied with the Aces after the eliminations.“We’re not there yet,” said Black. “We still have two more games, and we still control our fate. Again, we have to play our best in these games if we want to get that twice-to-beat.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew So efficient was the Meralco defense that Alaska gunner Vic Manuel was forced out of his comfort zone and struggled for his 22 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img

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