PBA: Meralco escapes gritty Rain or Shine


Posted at Jul 06 2022 05:46 PM | Updated as of Jul 06 2022 10:09 PM

(UPDATED) Meralco outlasted Rain or Shine, 77-73, in a hard-fought match Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

Aaron Black, son of coach Norman Black, made up for his bad performance in their loss against Blackwater by scoring 20 points, including 4 triples, against the Elasto Painters.

Black also collared 4 rebounds and dished out 6 assists for Meralco, which improved to 4-3.

Rain or Shine, led by Gabe Norwood, fell deeper to a 1-6 hole.

Deputy coach Luigi Trillo called the shots for the Bolts as coach Black had to fly to the US to look after his ailing mother.

The younger Black dedicated his performance to his grandmother. 

"First of all, my grandmother, she's sick right now that's why my dad's not here so that's big for me," he said.

"Also my teammates, they encouraged me a lot after the last game. They knew I really struggled so sa practice sinasabihan nila ako, 'Keep shooting, just keep working.'"

Black nailed a triple that gave the Bolts a 76-70 lead in the last 36 seconds.

But the Elasto Painters refused to go away, with Mark Borboran completing a 3-point play to pull Rain or Shine to within 73-76.

Fortunately, the Bolts were able to hang on and Bong Quinto sealed the final score through the free throw line.

The Scores:

Meralco 77 - Black 20, Maliksi 19, Hodge 13, Almazan 10, Newsome 7, Quinto 6, Pascual 2, Baclao 0, Jose, Pasaol 0, Hugnatan 0, Caram 0, Belo 0.

Rain or Shine 73 - Norwood 13, Nieto 12, Belga 11, Torres 8, Borboran 8, Caracut 7, Santillan 6, Nambatac 6, Demusis 2, Mamuyac 0, Clarito 0.