The Meralco Bolts silenced the massive supporters of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in Lucena as they take Game 2 of the best-of-seven series, 104-102.
The squad coached by Norman Black has proved that they’re not just Allen Durham squad but they can match-up the deep bench of their opponent.
In the first quarter, it was Nards Pinto who paced Meralco with his four three-pointers. Actually, he was 4-of-4 from downtown in the opening period to put Ginebra to make a catch-up game as their lead went as high as 19 points.
In the third quarter, the Gin Kings entered the game with a new strategy and that’s to silence the guys like Nards Pinto and Chris Newsome.
Ginebra was successful in their new defensive plan which helped them to orchestrate a 10-0 blast and cut the double-digit deficit to only seven points.
However, that Gin Kings run was short-lived as coach Norman Black was quick to make his own adjustment where he deployed his former Ateneo Blue Eagles player, Nico Salva.
Salva didn’t disappoint his mentor as he drilled several perimeter shots. He had a number of open looks to the basket as the defense of Ginebra was focused on Allen Durham.
Likewise, there were Baser Amer, Chris Newsome, Bryan Faundo and Anjo Caram who gave coach Tim Cone headaches as they were part of Meralco’s surprise long-range scoring barrage where they logged 16 made three-three pointers out of 38 attempts.
With the Meralco victory, the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals series is now reduced to best-of-five.
Game 3 between Ginebra and Meralco will resume on January 12, 2020.
Meralco 104 – Durham 21, Amer 17, Newsome 17, Almazan 15, Pinto 12, Salva 9, Caram 5, Quinto 5, Faundo 3, Hodge 0, Hugnatan 0, Maliksi 0.
Ginebra 102 – Brownlee 35, Pringle 23, Aguilar 18, Tenorio 10, Slaughter 6, Thompson 4, Caguioa 4, Mariano 2, Devance 0, Caperal 0, Dela Cruz 0.