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Gin Kings on cusp of title repeat, shut down Bolts in Game 5

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BOCAUE – Barangay Ginebra clamped down on defense late and slammed Meralco, 85-74, to move on the cusp of winning the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Sunday at Philippine Arena here. Leading 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, the Gin Kings shoot for their second straight title with a victory on Wednesday, with Game 6 slated still at the world’s […]

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Dillinger leads Bolts’ late rally past Hotshots in Game 1

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BIÑAN — Defense once again did the trick for Meralco as it drew first blood with a 72-66 comeback win over Star in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Sunday night at Alonte Sports Arena here. The Bolts locked down on defense down the stretch, forcing the Hotshots to commit six turnovers inside the last […]

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Meralco earns No. 1 spot, comes back to beat SMB

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Allen Durham scored the go-ahead basket and Meralco clinched the top spot with a 104-101 comeback win over San Miguel Beer Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Durham made the game-winning shot with 27.1 seconds left that capped off Meralco’s 16-5 finishing kick. He finished with 35 points and 13 rebounds. “It’s a big win […]

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Durham posts triple-double, Meralco gains solo lead with rout of Kia

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Allen Durham posted a triple-double and Meralco dumped Kia, 112-97, to gain solo lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Durham collected 25 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to lead the Bolts, who upped their mark to 4-0. “I thought it was a very good effort from my […]

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Bolts use big 2nd half in rout of Gin Kings

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Allen Durham had another dominating outing and Meralco shook off a slow start to rip debuting Barangay Ginebra, 93-78, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Durham bullied his way to 30 points and 24 rebounds with nine assists to power the Bolts, who trailed by as much as 11 […]

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Bolts played bad from opening tip of Game 5, says Black

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For Meralco head coach Norman Black, the Bolts were not able to put themselves in a position to win Sunday night. “It’s not just about the bad start, I thought we played bad the whole game from start to finish,” he said after the Bolts’ 92-81 defeat to Barangay Ginebra in Game 5 of the 2016 […]

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Durham confident Meralco can pull off two straight vs Ginebra

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Allen Durham admitted he was thrown off his game by Ginebra’s defense in Meralco’s 92-81 Game 5 defeat Sunday in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. “They did some different things defensively and they did where they put the ball out of my hands. They haven’t done that the whole series,” he said. Not helping was his […]

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PBA Governors’ Cup Game 5 Preview: Danger Zone

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After four amazing games, we’re back in square one, with Ginebra slipping past Meralco in Game 4, 88-86. Much like Game 2, the Kings made the bigger plays down the stretch, though they had to mount one final defensive stand to stave off the Bolts. Chris Newsome was shadowed well by Justin Brownlee in the […]

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Ginebra made the hustle plays in Game 2 win, says Brownlee

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Talk about a change of fortune. A couple of nights after Meralco bullied Ginebra, it was the Gin Kings turn to impose their will on the Bolts in Game 2, beating them to the much-important hustle points as their import Justin Brownlee put it. Ginebra evened the best-of-seven series of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals […]

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Mercado shares success with teammates in limiting Durham

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Sol Mercado may have found a new niche as part of the vaunted three-guard lineup of Barangay Ginebra. Playing the small forward position, the veteran guard has been making the Gin Kings’ small ball run look good against Meralco as it knotted their Finals series at 1-1. Mercado’s shift also changed his responsibility. From running […]

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Castro wins BPC; Durham is Best Import

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TNT guard Jayson Castro was named Best Player of the Conference in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday before Game 2 of the Finals between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco tipped off at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Castro took home his fourth BPC award. He led all locals with an average Statistical Points of 38.3, edging […]

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Meralco, TNT open semis series

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For quite a while now, Meralco has long been on the fringes of success. Bolts coach Norman Black believes the time is ripe for his Meralco crew to gain inclusion among the PBA’s elite, notwithstanding the awe-inspiring task of taking on the Governors Cup’s best team, led by arguably the conference’s top player. “We look […]

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Meralco seals playoff for 4th spot, beats Mahindra

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MERALCO finally got to win a close one and got amply rewarded as a result. The Bolts came through with the clutch plays in the stretch to fashion an 86-83 escape over MahindraSunday and secure a playoff spot for a twice-to-beat advantage in the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals at the Mall of Asia Arena. Allen Durham […]

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Durham’s 55 not enough to save Bolts

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Allen Durham could say that he gave his all for Meralco in a 126-123 defeat to GlobalPort in double overtime on Sunday. After all, his 55 points, 14 rebounds and six assists gave the Bolts a golden opportunity to steal the game despite the team’s poor effort in the first half against the Batang Pier […]

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Durham tows Meralco past Rain or Shine

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MERALCO readily discarded the dea of replacing Allen Durham when the notion cropped up and was amply rewarded. Durham flashed his old lethal form with 32 points in a 109-102 victory over Rain or Shine Wednesday that snapped out of a two-game slide and back into the thick of things in the PBA Governors Cup […]

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2016 Governors’ Cup Preview: Meralco Bolts vs Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

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– Meralco started their conference strong with back-to-back wins, but they have since been tripping, losing back-to-back as well to TNT and Ginebra. They have a shot at stopping their slump here as they take on the Painters. ROS, meanwhile, is coming off back-to-back wins over Phoenix and Blackwater. They have the momentum heading into […]

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ROS tries to keep streak going vs Meralco

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Allen Durham is all set to flash his old form and get Meralco back on track in the PBA Governors Cup. Yet Rain or Shine is equally ready, laying down what should be an exciting tussle on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Elasto Painters are gunning for a third straight win, but have to hurdle a […]

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Blakely, Star face Mahindra in Govs’ Cup opener

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Returning imports Allen Durham and Marqus Blakely seek to set their sail right when they take the first dip in the opening day of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday. Durham makes his PBA comeback for Meralco and he looks to lead the Bolts when they take on the Phoenix Fuel Masters at 4:15 p.m. at Smart […]

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