Chris Newsome scored 23 points on Wednesday night to steer Meralco to a 91-90 victory over Phoenix in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena.
Newsome sank three 3-pointers to go with his seven assists and six steals as the Bolts rebounded from a 72-85 loss to Rain or Shine over the weekend.
Allein Maliksi provided the added offensive spurt for the Bolts and finished with 24 points.
"We showed that defense and intensity the whole game. That's what got us through today, we got a lot of fast-break points, turnover points because of defense," said Newsome following their third victory in four starts.
Meralco still managed to ride on a 48-32 halftime advantage despite the game being briefly halted after the Ynares Sports Arena was temporarily rendered unplayable due to the heavy rains.
The gap widened to 84-63 later in the fourth.
Meralco coach Norman Black cited that they did well in the rebounding department and this helped the Bolts handle the Super LPG.
"We really did a great job rebounding the basketball. If we can control the ball, we can control the game," said Black.
Matthew Wright scored 29 points for Phoenix which fell to 1-3.
The loss ruined Chris Banchero's debut for the Fuel Masters.
MERALCO 91– Maliksi 24, Newsome 23, Pinto 11, Hugnatan 11, Belo 9, Almazan 3, Hodge 7, Black 3, Quinto 0, Jackson 0, Canete 0, Jamito 0
PHOENIX 80– Wright 29, Manuel 13, Jazul 12, Perkins 9, , Chua 4 , Pascual, 4, Demusis 3, Garcia 3, Faundo 2, Banchero 1, Muyang 0, Melecio 0, Rios 4
Quarters : 21-16, 48-32, 73-57, 91-76