PBA: Meralco scores breakthrough, hands Terrafirma's 20th straight defeat


Posted at Oct 07 2022 05:23 PM | Updated as of Oct 07 2022 07:09 PM

MANILA -- (UPDATED) Meralco unleashed an impressive blitz in the payoff period to extend Terrafirma's misery, handing the Dyip its 20th straight defeat in the PBA.

The Bolts won, 105-92, during their clash in the Commissioner's Cup on Friday.

Johnny O'Bryant fired 31 points to go with his 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals as Meralco scored its first win in the conference.

Allein Maliksi added 18 points and 6 rebounds, while Bong Quinto and Aaron Black both tallied 17 markers.

From a tight 79-76 lead, Meralco lit up Terrafirma from the perimeter for a 98-85 edge.

The Dyip attempted a comeback orchestrated by Lester Prosper but the Bolts quelled the uprising with 4 straight points by Black -- and Meralco never looked back.

"When the ball was moving and there was a bit more flow, I think we were able to operate on the offense. We shared the ball," said deputy coach Luigi Trillo, who called the shots in place of Norman Black due to safety protocols.

"Aside from Bong, who played extremely well, give credit also to CB (Chris Banchero), Raymond Almazan, who I thought came out also and chipped in when substituted to help out the regulars." 

Prosper scored 35 points on top of 18 rebounds for Terrafirma, while Juami Tiongson, Eric Camson and Javi Gomez de Liano had 11 points each.

The scores:

Meralco 105 - O'Bryant 31, Maliksi 18, Quinto 17, Black 17, Banchero 12, Almazan 8, Hodge 2, Johnson 0, Caram 0, Pasaol 0, Pascual 0, Jose 0.

Terrafirma 92 - Prosper 35, Tiongson 11, Gomez de Liano 11, Camson 11, Cabagnot 10, Munzon 8, Calvo 2, Alolino 2, Gabayni 2, Cahilig 0, Javelona 0, Mina 0, Balagasay 0.

Quarters: 26-27, 55-52, 79-76, 105-92

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