PBA Commissioner’s Cup

Meralco breaks through, sends Terrafirma crashing to 20th straight loss

Delfin Dioquino

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Meralco breaks through, sends Terrafirma crashing to 20th straight loss

TO NO AVAIL. Lester Prosper (left) sees another impressive game go for naught as Terrafirma falls to Johnny O'Bryant and Meralco.

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Meralco keeps Terrafirma winless this PBA season despite missing star guard Chris Newsome and head coach Norman Black

MANILA, Philippines – Meralco bucked the absence of its best local and its head coach to clobber Terrafirma, 105-92, for its breakthrough win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, October 7.

Import Johnny O’Bryant showed the way with 31 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals as the Bolts dealt the Dyip their 20th consecutive defeat despite missing Chris Newsome and coach Norman Black.

Newsome sat out his second straight game due to a calf injury, while Black got sidelined due to health and safety protocols.

O’Bryant conspired with Allein Maliksi and Bong Quinto in a 17-6 run to open the fourth quarter that gave Meralco a commanding 96-82 lead on the way to its first victory after a 0-2 start.

The former NBA player scattered 6 points during that stretch, Quinto knocked down a pair of triples, and Maliksi added 5 points as Terrafirma crumbled after staying within shouting distance in the first three quarters.

Maliksi fired 18 points on top of 6 rebounds and 2 steals, while Quinto provided spark off the bench with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

Aaron Black also delivered for the Bolts with 17 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Dyip import Lester Prosper once again saw his stellar performance of 35 points, 18 rebounds, and 3 blocks go for naught as Terrafirma remained at the bottom with a 0-4 record.

Juami Tiongson, Javi Gomez de Liaño, and Eric Camson had 11 points each in the loss.

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.

– Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.