Meralco spoils Caguioa milestone
MANILA, Philippines – Mark Caguioa achieved a scoring milestone but it was the only good thing that happened tonight for Ginebra as Meralco lit up Ynares with their hot shooting taking down Barangay Ginebra, 109-99, Friday, November 21 at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Caguioa's basket with 52 seconds left in the first quarter put his career total to 9,001 points making him the 20th player to reach the milestone, per PBA statistician Fidel Mangonon III, but Ginebra suffered their second straight setback and are now two games behind league leaders Alaska Aces and San Miguel Beermen.
Meralco improved to 4-3 for 5th place, one behind Ginebra.
Meralco fended off a Ginebra surge that started towards the end of the third quarter. With under two minutes left in the third, the Bolts were comfortably ahead, 79-66, then the Gin Kings went on an 11-2 run the end quarter down by just 4, 81-77.
The closest Ginebra would get was within a point when Japeth Aguilar (18 points) hit a short jumper, 87-86.
Gary David then went on a solo 5-point swing to give Meralco some breathing room, 92-86, with 8:06 left to play in the final quarter.
The teams exchanged baskets heading into crunch time and Ginebra managed to trim the lead back down to 4, 103-99, but Reynel Hugnatan hit a basket inside to permanently take the fight out of Ginebra, 105-99.
Greg Slaughter led everyone in scoring with 24 points to go along with 13 rebounds but it was not enough to propel Ginebra to a win.
Cliff Hodge and Mark Macapagal took care of business for Meralco from long range combining for 36 points on 7/10 shooting from beyond the arc. Meralco out shot Ginebra from the field with 50% shooting clip against Ginebra's 42.3%.
MERALCO (109) - Hodge 18, Macapagal 18, David 16, Dillinger 15, Hugnatan 12, Ferriols 8, Caram 6, Buenafe 4, Atkins 4, Sena 4, Ildefonso 2, Cortez 2, Guevarra 0.
GINEBRA (99) - Slaughter 26, Aguilar 18, Yeo 15, Caguioa 11, Baracael 10, Ellis 7, Tenorio 4, Mamaril 3, Brondial 3, Urbiztondo 2, Reyes 0, Helterbrand 0, Monfort 0, Forrester 0.
Quarterscores: 24-26, 53-44, 81-77, 109-99