No stopping the blaze: Petron stays immaculate

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It's a close encounter between Petron Blaze and Meralco in the first two quarters

MANILA, Philippines – Powerhouse Petron Blaze sustained their unbeaten run in the PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup after edging Meralco, 77-73 on Saturday, December 14, at the Dipolog City Sports Center.

It was a close encounter in the first two quarters with both teams exchanging blows. No squad was able to lead by more than 7 points in the tight first half where Meralco led, 37-34.

But Meralco’s small ball, which has helped them slay Ginebra and San Mig Coffee, was countered by Petron’s own version of the strategy in the 3rd quarter.

The Boosters started mounting a double-digit edge late in the 3rd period; 3 straight baskets by Arwind Santos and a triple by Marcio Lassiter extended Petron’s lead to their biggest at 73-56.

But just when many thought Petron would cruise to their 7th straight win, Reynel Hugnatan and John Wilson combined for 15 markers in a 17-4 blast to pull within 73-77, 41 seconds to go.

Chris Lutz then missed a lay-up to leave the door open for the Bolts. But Wilson failed to convert on two attempts from downtown as Petron escaped for their 7th straight win.

June Mar Fajardo proved to be too much for Meralco’s frontline, scoring yet another double-double performance consisting of 12 points, 19 rebounds, and 3 blocks. – with reports from Levi Verora/

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