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PETRON ESCAPES WITH SCARY WIN OVER MERALCO

Petron Blaze established a huge 22-point bulge through the first three quarters versus Meralco then stopped playing and needed a defensive stoppage in the dying seconds to squeeze through in the end.

As in their last game against the Barangay Ginebra Kings, it was good that the Boosters had had a big cushion, enough for them to salvage an 88-86 win over the Bolts in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night.

Renaldo Balkman and his teammates streaked to a third straight victory and, at 3-1, gained solo second place behind the pacesetting Alaska Milk Aces (3-0).

“(It was) an ugly game for us obviously but I take the win. Our goal coming into the first two weeks was 3-1, and we got it,” sighed Petron coach Olsen Racela.

“I charged it to experience. Ganitong klaseng game ang kailangan namin pagdaanan, not just me as a coach but the whole team. Eto yung mga adversities na kailangan namin. Lesson learned,” Racela also said.

Down 54-76 at the end of the third, the Bolts nearly stole the game with Vic Manuel just missing a potential game-winning three-point attempt at the buzzer.

Balkman himself floundered in the payoff period but had a defensive gem at the finish, delaying Chris Ross in setting up their final offensive play.

Ross helped engineer their incredible comeback, making 11 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.

Meralco clobbered Petron, 32-12, in the final period as the Boosters suddenly stopped playing.

“We didn’t executive on offense and we didn’t play defense,” rued Racela.

The Boosters went scoreless in the first seven minutes of the payoff period, breaking their silence only on a charity by Balkman after the Bolts had charged back into the fight at 71-76.

Petron missed its first 12 field goals before finally making a conversion on a triple by Chico Lanete coming off the bench.

The Boosters earlier appeared would nail win No. 3 trouble-free even minus lead point guard Alex Cabagnot.

Denok Miranda ably filled in the shoes of the injury-stricken Cabagnot and the Boosters played impeccably through the first 36 minutes.

Then came the near disaster.

The Bolts narrowly missed stealing the game and went down 1-3 in the chart.

Cabagnot showed up in civvies as he sustained an injury in their last game versus the Barangay Ginebra Kings.

Balkman and Junmar Fajardo produced double-double numbers, combining for 42 points and 23 rebounds with Miranda contributing 11 markers, eight boards and three dish-outs.

Fajardo, Balkman and Miranda had made at least 10 points each as the Boosters sat on a 51-34 cushion at the half.

Petron broke the game wide open at 49-30 on a big second-quarter onslaught led by Fajardo and Miranda. (SB)

 

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  • anton17

    congrats! petron.. pinakaba nyo kami masyado but total effort job job. the chemistry of the team is already there. ang mga players alam na nila ang role and playing time na para sa kanila,junmar and balkman compliments each other si balkman pinapahirapan ang mga local defender nya while junmar the import of the other team work hard to stop him the result is junmar played a good game with the opponent import. sa tingin ko hindi na kasalanan ng players ng petron kung bakit sila nahahabol sa 3rd and 4th qtr ng kalabang team siguro sa coaching staff na ang may kulang dun, obvious naman 2nd half mag aadjust ang kabilang team kung hindi maganda ang game plan nila ng 1st half. ang coaching staff ng petron hindi sila agad makapag counter attact sa game plan ng other teams. try to point out that mga coach sa petron.

  • anton17

    isa pa nakita ko sa game ng petron at meralco nung 2nd half ang tao na ni junmar si hugnatan na mas maliit sa kanya pero mabilis kumilos hindi nya pinapatanggap si junmar ng bola, mga coach ng petron maganda na ang nilalaro ni junmar isa na lang dapat nyo ituro sa kanya ay ang pag sealed out ng defender na mas maliit sa kanya undegoal. nakita nyo naman hindi kasi mapigil ng mga local si balkman kya import na gwardya nya. malaking mismatch kung matuturuan nyo si junmar kung paano sealed out sa undergoal ang small defender nya.

    • concerned_citizen

      i agree.. masyado pa mabait si junmar. kailangan na nya matuto ng konting gulang kung hindi sya lagi magugulangan. plus wag dapat sila masyado kumpiansa at sobrang porma (4th quarter). kung mahigpit ang depensa go back to basic basketball. run a play for their go to guy. kayang kaya ni balkman or junmar umiskor, just have to execute perfectly.

    • San Miguel 4ever

      Develop Fajardo’s post-up game.. Ewan ko lang kung may makapipigil pa dyan..

    • AkAtZuKiN

      AGREE ako diyan pre!!!xD

  • pakita_ko_sayo

    “We didn’t executive on offense and we didn’t play defense,” rued Racela.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,HA!???

    • http://www.fappal.com/ fappal

      typo error lng cguro to sir..

  • http://www.facebook.com/mayrzarandshannen Langgum Teruel

    why not play arwind instead of jwash?

    • San Miguel 4ever

      Arwind and Jwash pareho lang nagpapapansin. Can they just play team
      basketball just like their 3rd game? Hindi yung pagmalaki ang lamang
      bahala moves na.. Team basketball…

      • RonNie

        yah. they must play as a team. jwash is an mvp… an mvp for 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter ONLY but not in the 4th quarter. jwash is talented but he hasn’t got d heart. arwind is not consistent. arwind jst need to believe in himself. he has too many poor decisions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abundionoel.libot Abundio Noel Migriño Libot

    notable pa rin if maraming assists ang Petron, malaki ang chance nilang manalo

  • Liyan

    good job coach racela pinasok mo si fajardo sa last quarter malaki naitutulong nya sa loob.

  • taxpyr2

    malakas talaga ang player ng petron, yung diskarte lang ng coaching staff ang may problema kaya laging kapos na kabayo pagdating ng 4th quarter. Junmar good job sana bigyan ka pa ng mas mahabang playing time at play role., isa ka sa magiging dominated local player pagnagkataaon… petron nakakuha na kayo ng treasure nasa inyo na lang kung paano gagamitin. Go Petroniverse!

  • http://clixsenselegitjob.blogspot.com/ homebasedpapi

    Kung ganto ng ganto Petron, majajackpotan sila sa mga susunod na laro.

  • RonAldo

    it was really a scary game. i was just watching d score in the pba web page and i was so surprised dat d 76 score was stagnant from d last less than 8 minutes of d 4th quarter. were d petron players struck by some lightning & dey stopped playing? wat dah…! ur just lucky dat d bolts missed d last shot. if otherwise ur gonna repeat again wat happened during d last conference game against alaska wer ur leading for 21 points in d last quarter & u lost d game. hav u lost ur heart? d once u had before wen u had d championship against tnt. i dont see it 2 u now. it seems dat ur all afraid dats y u cant make d shot & ur too complacent wid ur lead. come on petron! fight as if it is ur last.

  • bong20

    trade n dapat c santos at washington mahihina loob nila takot s banggaan,nakakawalang gana sila

  • AkAtZuKiN

    ANG GALING MAGLARO NANG IMPORT NG PETRON AHH PARANG C GABE FREEMAN MAGLARO DAHIL ACTIVE PALAGI LALO NA SA DEFENCE……SANA IPATULOY NIYA ANG KANYANG MAGANDANG IPINAKITA DAHIL MAY CHANCE SILANG MAKUHA ANG KORONA!!xD

  • Cute Anzai

    wag munang magdiwang PBB matagal tagal pa ang labanan… muntik pa nga matalo di ba??? more to improve pa especially in closing out scenario, they don’t know where to go and what really to do… pasalamat na lang kinapos ang meralco… hmmmmm… not an impressive win…

  • numbdain_23

    develope lang si junmar bihira na makakita ng guy ngayon na ganyan kalaki at may kilos……

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