Jared Dillinger came up with the biggest shots in the fourth quarter to help Meralco clinch the number four spot and the twice-to-beat bonus that goes with it, in the quarterfinal round of the PBA Governors’ Cup.
Dillinger was Allen Durham’s main support in offense as they towed the Bolts past Mahindra, 104-99, on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Dillinger fired 12 of his 20 points in the pay-off period as Meralco claimed better placing than Mahindra prior to their best-of-three
face-off in the playoffs starting this Saturday.
“We expect another tough game from them,” said Meralco coach Norman Black in the PBA website. “All our games against Mahindra this year have been tough so we expect nothing less on Saturday.”
Meralco’s Durham topscored with 34 points, with 11 coming in the fourth quarter. Baser Amer and Chris Newsome also chipped in 16 and 12, respectively.
“Ï have to give a lot of credit to AD (Durham), for being consistent, for being the solid block, the foundation of our team,” said Black.
“But I also have to give a lot of credit to JD (Dillinger) for coming up with some huge shots down the stretch.”
The Bolts had to fight from 16 points down as the Enforcers pounced on Meralco’s slow start.
But Meralco caught fire in the second half and eventually seized the upper hand late in the game.
James White paced the Enforcers with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Aldrech Ramos fired 20 markers.
Meralco 104 – Durham 34, Dillinger 22, Amer 16, Newsome 12, Faundo 7, Hodge 4, Hugnatan 4, Al-Hussaini 2, Nabong 2, Alapag 1, Uyloan 0, Caram 0
Mahindra 99 – White 22, Ramos 20, Taha 16, Canaleta 10, Revilla 10, Yee 10, Ballesteros 6, Digregorio 5, Jaime 0, Agovida 0, Bagatsing 0, Guinto 0, Paniamogan 0
Quarterscores: 26-29, 41-53, 69-71, 104-99
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