MANILA – Mario West came up with his best effort in the PBA Governors’ Cup via a 42-point explosion to help Meralco rout a short-handed San Miguel Beer, 90-74, on Saturday.
Coach Ryan Gregorio is thankful they pulled off an upset against the Beermen and notched the Bolts’ second win in 7 starts. He said they need every win to save their Governors' Cup campaign.
“It’s just survival instincts. It’s all we’re fighting for at this point. We will not retreat, we will not surrender. I think this win averted an outright elimination for us. We just gotta keep on fighting,” said the coach in the PBA website.
The scores were close in the first two quarters, but West instigated the Bolts’ breakaway in the third quarter to gain a 61-47 advantage against the Beermen.
Meralco continued to take advantage of the undermanned San Miguel in the fourth, and in the last 1:47 minutes, the Bolts were already up by 16 points, 88-72.
The Beermen found themselves sorely lacking minus injured players Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross and Paolo Hubalde.
Aside from tallying 42 points, West finished the game with 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Meralco also got 12 points from Cliff Hodge and 10 from Reynel Hugnatan.
JuneMar Fajardo paced San Miguel with 22 points. Import Reggie Williams added 17 for the Beermen, who fell to fifth place with a 4-3 card.
Meralco 90 – West 42, Hodge 12, Hugnatan 10, Guevarra 8, David 8, Dillinger 7, Cortez 2, Ballesteros 2, Ildefonso 1, Caram 0, Bringas 0.
San Miguel Beer 74 – Fajardo 22, Williams 17, Tubid 10, Mercado 8, Kramer 6, Santos 5, Lanete 4, Chua 2, Lutz 0, Maierhofer 0, Duncil 0.
Quarterscores: 26-18, 40-41, 71-55, 90-74.