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NLEX ends dry spell, zaps Meralco for maiden win

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:53 PM

After dropping their first 6 games of the conference, the Road Warriors bank on Tony Mitchell and Jericho Cruz to keep their playoff bid running

BREAKTHROUGH. Tony Mitchell gets his first win as a member of the NLEX Road Warriors. Photo from PBA Images


Jones resets career-high as TNT zaps Meralco for solo lead

Jun 15, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Terrence Jones explodes for a new PBA career-high in points to power a KaTropa side missing star guard Jayson Castro

SCORING MACHINE. Terrence Jones delivers the goods for TNT. Photo from PBA Images


Banchero, Manuel conspire as Alaska halts Meralco streak

Jun 09, 2019 - 7:08 PM

The Alaska Aces prove the steadier team down the stretch to extend their winning run to 3 games

LOSING TRACK. Meralco sees its winning streak come to an end at the hands of Alaska. Photo from PBA Images


Almazan hopes for better showing after Meralco debut

Jun 07, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The wiry big man still tries to find his footing after being sidelined for months due to a calf injury

NEW TEAM, NEW START. Raymond Almazan says he cherishes every opportunity given to him. Photo from PBA Images


Meralco zaps Abueva-less Phoenix for back-to-back wins

Jun 07, 2019 - 7:16 PM

The Bolts bank on the trio of Gani Lawal, Baser Amer, and Chris Newsome to pick up their third win in 5 games

ALL-AROUND. Chris Newsome puts up a solid performance across the board for Meralco. Photo from PBA Images


Black, Meralco disappointed Dillinger signed with Ginebra

Jun 01, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Black said Dillinger and the Bolts had a 'gentleman's agreement' that he would remain with the team even if he was relegated to the unrestricted free agent list

FAREWELL. Jared Dillinger ends a six-year stay with Meralco. Photo from PBA Images


Meralco spoils Bowles' PBA return with win over Rain or Shine

May 31, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The Bolts pick up their second win in 4 games with a strong second-half showing against the debuting Elasto Painters

SPOILED. Denzel Bowles issues a stellar game for Rain or Shine, but Meralco still comes out on top. Photo from PBA Images


Defending champ Ginebra turns back Meralco for maiden win

May 26, 2019 - 9:43 PM

The Gin Kings find redemption from a shock conference-opening loss by storming back from 15 points down to deck the Bolts

DEFEND THE CROWN. Scottie Thompson and Barangay Ginebra are now on the right track for their title defense. Photo from PBA images


Almazan just waiting go signal for Meralco debut

May 24, 2019 - 11:37 PM

The wiry big man looks to bring the same defensive presence he was known for before he was traded by Rain or Shine

WAITING GAME. Raymond Almazan is itching to return to the PBA hardwood after missing the first two games of the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Lawal a beast inside as Meralco thwarts Columbian for 1st win

May 24, 2019 - 7:10 PM

The Bolts arrest a meltdown to improve to 1-1 and keep the Dyip winless in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup

TOO STRONG. Gani Lawal records another monster double-double for Meralco. Photo from PBA Images


Parks debuts in PBA as Blackwater escapes Meralco in OT

May 19, 2019 - 7:23 PM

The Blackwater Elite open the Commissioner's Cup on the right note behind second overall pick Ray Parks and import Alex Stepheson

BATTLE-SCARRED. Ray Parks impresses in his PBA debut. Photo from PBA Images


Rain or Shine ships Almazan to Meralco

May 13, 2019 - 7:59 PM

The Elasto Painters center gets traded for the Bolts' first-round picks in the 2019 and 2021 drafts

FAREWELL. Raymond Almazan is set to part ways with the team that drafted him third overall in 2013. Photo from PBA Images


Ginebra zaps Meralco to lock in No. 3 playoff spot

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:39 PM

Even if Ginebra drops its final elimination round game and figures in a three-way tie with San Miguel and TNT, it will still secure 3rd place heading into the quarters

GREGZILLA. Barangay Ginebra draws a prolific performance from Greg Slaughter for its fourth straight win. Photo from PBA Images


Alaska keeps playoff hunt going, virtually eliminates Meralco

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:27 PM

The Aces bank on a balanced scoring attack to snap a three-game skid

TAKING CHARGE. Jeron Teng continues to impress for Alaska. Photo from PBA Images


Amer rues missed game-winner as Meralco's playoff hunt gets harder

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:51 AM

The Bolts absorb their sixth loss in 9 games after Amer's late three-pointer rims out

LAW OF AVERAGES. Baser Amer fails to duplicate his heroics from Meralco's last win. Photo from PBA Images


Rain or Shine pulls off great escape vs Meralco to snap skid

Mar 15, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The Elasto Painters bolster their chances of a top 2 finish that comes with a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals

HIGH NOTE. James Yap and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters find their way back to the winning column. Photo from PBA Images


Amer takes over late as Meralco frustrates NorthPort in 2OT

Mar 08, 2019 - 7:43 PM

The Bolts snap their three-game losing streak while the Batang Pier crash to their fourth straight loss

RELIABLE. Baser Amer catches fire late as Meralco returns to the winning track. Photo from PBA Images


CDO hometown hero Jalalon stars in Magnolia breakthrough vs Meralco

Mar 02, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Jio Jalalon takes charge as the Hotshots finally crash into the win column

LOCAL HERO. Jio Jalalon tows Magnolia to victory to thrill his hometown crowd. Photo from PBA Images

Dream come true as Faundo brothers face off in PBA

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:20 PM

The two big men play against each other in the professional ranks for the first time

BIG MAN BROS. Bryan Faundo (right) says he's proud his younger brother Jeepy made it to the PBA. Photos from PBA Images


McCarthy fires career-high as Columbian turns back Meralco

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:04 PM

The Dyip storm back from 15 points down to snap a three-game skid

TOP DOG. Rashawn McCarthy takes over as Columbian gets back on track in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. Photo from PBA Images


WATCH: Ranidel de Ocampo admits he misses playing for Gilas

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:48 PM

A member of the Philippine team that reached the World Cup in 2014, the 37-year-old retired from international basketball in 2016

FOR FAMILY. Ranidel de Ocampo cites the desire to prolong his PBA career as one of the reasons he chose to retire from the national team. Photo from FIBA


Gilas manhandles Meralco in final tuneup for World Cup qualifiers

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:09 PM

The Nationals head into the last window of the World Cup qualifiers with their confidence at a high

WAR READY. Gilas Pilipinas proves it is ready for war in the World Cup qualifiers. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Of all instances, power shortage strikes on Meralco game

Feb 02, 2019 - 11:10 PM

As if it is a bad omen, the Bolts succumb to their third loss in 5 games moments after the blackout

IRONIC. The Meralco Bolts, ironically, experience a power failure. Photo from PBA Images


Erram clutch block seals NLEX win over Meralco

Feb 02, 2019 - 7:24 PM

The Road Warriors win their second straight game thanks to the 6-foot-8 center's clutch play on the defensive end

MAIN MAN. Poy Erram submits another all-around game for the NLEX Road Warriors. Photo from PBA Images


Meralco mounts giant comeback as TNT fizzles out

Jan 30, 2019 - 7:04 PM

The Bolts overcome a 21-point deficit for their second win in 4 games

MAIN MAN. Chris Newsome shows the way as Meralco gets back on the winning track. Photo from PBA Images


Lassiter, Fajardo conspire as San Miguel steamrolls Meralco

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The Beermen book their second straight win behind 6 players breaching twin digits

MARKSMAN. Marcio Lassiter waxes hot from deep as San Miguel clinches its second straight win. Photo from PBA Images


Best of both worlds for Salva as solid outing ends in win

Jan 19, 2019 - 8:40 PM

The former Ateneo standout catches fire in the 4th quarter as Meralco cracks the winning column in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup

RELIABLE. Nico Salva continues to prove his worth for Meralco. Photo from PBA Images


Rookie Jackson sparks Meralco to 1st win as Blackwater falls anew

Jan 19, 2019 - 7:32 PM

The fifth overall pick knocks down two crucial triples in the 4th quarter en route to finishing with a team-high in points

NO ROOKIE JITTERS. Trevis Jackson proves his worth for Meralco. Photo from PBA Images


Abueva game-winner lifts Phoenix over Meralco in OT thriller

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'The Beast' compensates for a horrendous shooting night with his late-game heroics

TO THE RESCUE. Calvin Abueva plays hero as Phoenix opens the season on the winning track. Photo from PBA Images


Meralco trades Garvo Lanete before season begins

Jan 16, 2019 - 5:16 PM

The sharpshooting guard joins NorthPort in exchange for a 2022 second round pick

NEW TEAM. Garvo Lanete will play for his third PBA team as he heads into his fourth season. Photo from PBA Images


Overlooked Bong Quinto ready to improve and learn in Meralco

Dec 17, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The Bolts acquire Letran's triple-double machine as the 14th pick after teams passed up on him in the first round of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft

MORE TO PROVE. Touted to get selected in the first round, Bong Quinto slips to the second round of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo from Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Durham's chase for PBA title doesn't end in 3rd heartbreak

Nov 18, 2018 - 7:20 AM

'I'm still trying to get a ring so I'm going to keep working until I can't run or jump no more,' says Meralco's two-time Best Import

NO SURRENDER. Allen Durham is raring to return to the PBA next season to clinch that elusive title. Photo from PBA Images


Alaska boots out Meralco for first finals in two years

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:59 PM

The Aces set up a finals date with Magnolia, which ended Barangay Ginebra's reign in the Governors' Cup

END OF THE ROAD. Allen Durham falls short in his bid to lead the Meralco Bolts to a third straight finals appearance in the Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Alaska's Mike Harris all respect for Meralco's Reynel Hugnatan

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:49 PM

The Aces import tips his hat to the 40-year-old veteran for his clutch play for the Bolts in their semifinals duel

NOTHING BUT LOVE. Meralco's Reynel Hugnatan (back) earns the respect of Alaska import Mike Harris. Photo from PBA Images


Harris gets last laugh vs Durham as Alaska nears finals

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:36 PM

The Aces go up 2-1 against the Meralco Bolts in their best-of-five semifinals affair

ONE WIN AWAY. Mike Harris delivers a near-triple-double outing as Alaska set one foot on the door to the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images


Alaska halts Meralco's streak to even semis series

Nov 13, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The Aces almost squander a 20-point lead but regain their bearings when it mattered most to pull off the win

ON EQUAL GROUNDS. Vic Manuel and the Alaska Aces avoid teetering on the brink of elimination. Photo from PBA Images


Banchero promises Alaska fightback in Game 2

Nov 11, 2018 - 11:02 PM

The Aces seek to avoid going down 0-2 in their best-of-five semifinals series against Meralco

FROM THE GET-GO. Chris Banchero warns that Alaska couldn't afford another flat start against Meralco. Photo from PBA Images


Red-hot Meralco stuns Alaska, takes semis opener

Nov 11, 2018 - 9:04 PM

The seventh-seeded Bolts stretch their winning streak to 7 games behind Allen Durham's herculean effort

TAKING OVER. Allen Durham leads Meralco to its seventh straight win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Fatigued Meralco powers through 6th straight do-or-die

Nov 10, 2018 - 12:15 AM

After fighting for survival the past weeks, the No. 7 Bolts are on their way to the semifinals versus the Alaska Aces

ON FIRE. Allen Durham takes charge in the final stretch as the Bolts survive the Fuel Masters in the do-or-die quarterfinal duel. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco upsets Phoenix, books last semis seat in OT thriller

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:49 PM

'What a hill that we had to climb to get to this point,' says coach Norman Black after the Bolts overcame the Fuel Masters' twice-to-beat quarterfinal edge

DO-OR-DIE. Both the Phoenix Fuel Masters and the Meralco Bolts put it all out on the floor in the quarterfinal overtime thriller. Photo from PBA Images

Jared Dillinger makes surprise comeback count

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Back from injury, Meralco's Jared Dillinger steps up defensively in his first game in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup

RETURN. Expect Jared Dillinger to play more minutes in the quarterfinal rubber match against the Phoenix Fuel Masters. Photo courtesy of PBA media group.

Meralco overpowers Phoenix, forces do-or-die for semis slot

Nov 07, 2018 - 7:06 PM

Banking on a huge third-quarter run, the Bolts stay alive against the Fuel Masters in the PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals

GAME 2. Allen Durham leads the Meralco Bolts to a comeback win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters. Photo courtesy of the PBA media group

Reynel Hugnatan turns back clock right on 40th birthday

Nov 04, 2018 - 1:22 AM

The 15-year veteran becomes only the third active PBA player to reach 40

STILL GUNNING. Reynel Hugnatan turns back the hands of time with a vintage performance for Meralco. Photo from PBA Images


Meralco zaps San Miguel to boost playoff chances

Nov 03, 2018 - 9:43 PM

The Bolts end the elimination round with a fourth straight win to secure at least a playoff for the last quarterfinals berth

HEAVY LIFTING. Allen Durham (left) delivers another monster double-double as Meralco rolls on to its fourth straight win. Photo from PBA Images


Meralco pulls away late vs Rain or Shine for 3rd straight win

Oct 21, 2018 - 6:49 PM

The Bolts improve to 4-6 to climb to 9th place as the race for the 3 remaining quarterfinals berths tightens

LOCAL SUPPORT. Allen Durham does not need to score much with 5 Meralco players scoring in twin figures in its win over Rain or Shine. Photo from PBA Images


Hodge, Meralco raring to make playoffs after dismal start

Oct 20, 2018 - 8:54 AM

After dropping 6 of their first 8 games, the Bolts revive their quarterfinals hopes with an exhilarating win over No. 1 Magnolia

TALL ORDER. Cliff Hodge hopes the Meralco Bolts nail their last two games in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup to give themselves a fighting chance of making the Final 8. Photo from PBA Images


Meralco stuns No. 1 Magnolia for 2nd straight win

Oct 19, 2018 - 9:50 PM

The Bolts bank on a balanced scoring attack with 5 players breaching double figures as it won back-to-back games for the first time

STAYING ALIVE. Baser Amer continues to fill up the stats sheet as Meralco remains alive in the playoff race. Photo from PBA Images


Baser Amer comes to the rescue for embattled Meralco

Oct 14, 2018 - 10:54 PM

The Bolts halt their longest skid in franchise history and nail their first win in two months thanks to the 26-year-old's heroics

HERO. After going scoreless in the last game, Baser Amer delivers in crunch time to power Meralco back into the winning track. Photo from PBA Images


Amer, Durham star as Meralco snaps franchise's longest losing streak

Oct 14, 2018 - 7:22 PM

The two combine for 33 points in the final frame alone to electrify the Bolts to a come-from-behind win over NLEX

LEADING THE CHARGE. Allen Durham flexes his muscles with another all-around effort to lead Meralco to its first win in almost two months. Photo from PBA Images


NorthPort escapes listless Meralco for 2nd straight win

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:19 PM

After dropping their first 6 games, the Batang Pier remain in playoff hunt by improving to 2-6

LEADING THE CHARGE. Stanley Pringle conspires with Sean Anthony to lead GlobalPort over Meralco. Photo from PBA Images