PBA: Meralco, NLEX post contrasting wins, secure playoff incentives


Posted at Nov 10 2019 07:12 PM | Updated as of Nov 10 2019 09:27 PM

Anjo Caram's 30 points led Meralco to a 103-89 win over NorthPort on Sunday. PBA Media Bureau

Meralco’s electrifying run continues.

The Bolts used a fourth-quarter surge to overwhelm Northport Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo, taking a huge 103-89 win in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.

Now winners of five straight, Meralco is making a play for first place with an 8-2 record.

The win also allowed the Bolts to clinch one of the four twice-to-beat advantages in the quarterfinals. Meralco is the first team to take a playoff bonus.

In the second game, Jericho Cruz hit the game-winning putback basket with four-tenths of a second left on the clock, as NLEX defeated Magnolia 86-85.

The Road Warriors thus also secured a playoff bonus.

In the first game, Anjo Caram shot 73 percent on his way to a career-high 30 points, powering Meralco’s offense.

Allen Durham was right behind, finishing with a monster effort of 26 points and 19 rebounds. Chris Newsome added 17 points.

Northport got 27 points from Michael Qualls and 20 points from Christian Standhardinger. However, the Batang Pier have lost back-to-back and at 3-6, their playoff hopes are in serious jeopardy.  — With a report from Paul Lintag, ABS-CBN Sports

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