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Meralco targets solo lead (July 23, 2016)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

Chris Newsome of Meralco. PBA Media Bureau

The unbeaten Meralco Bolts aim to regain sole possession of first place as they go for their third win against the TNT Katropa today in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Bolts are coming off a five-day rest and could be fresh against the Katropa in their 3 p.m. game following hard-fought victories against the Phoenix Fuel Masters and the Alaska Aces.

“It’s a good thing we’re able to survive the weekend,” said Black. “It was tough playing Phoenix and Alaska, especially Alaska because they were fresh… and we came in with just a day rest after our first game.

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Mike Cortez takes on 3 defenders. PBA Media Bureau photo

The Blackwater Elite made some key plays down the stretch as they outlasted the Star Hotshots, 100-98, in a tight 2016 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup encounter on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Import Eric Dawson made a key basket with nine seconds remaining and JP Erram got a huge block as the Elite notched their first win of the conference.

Erram led Blackwater with 16 points and six rebounds while Dawson finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

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San Miguel’s Marcio Lassiter. PBA IMAGES

Marcio Lassiter wasn’t shooting the lights out when San Miguel were in a pinch against NLEX, and his 0-of-6 three-point percentage was the stuff of shooters’ nightmares.

Then winning time came and Lassiter dispelled his demons and nailed the game-winner that catapulted the Beermen over the Road Warriors 94-93.

“Honestly every time I take a shot, I believe it’s gonna go in, so that’s why I’ve been able to make so many shots, for me I always know the last shot is not gonna help me with the next shot,” said Lassiter who finished with eight points, on 3-of-10 shooting, and nine rebounds.

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Why Taulava almost hit Semerad (July 23, 2016)
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 Asi Taulava goes for a layup. PBA Media Bureau photo

NLEX big man Asi Taulava nearly hit San Miguel's David Semerad with a slap during their highly emotional encounter in the PBA Governors' Cup on Friday.

Semerad hit NLEX’s import Bill Walker in the third quarter, prompting the Fil-Tongan to confront the Beerman.

“I got to defend my money man,” Taulava said of their import in “I can’t let him get hurt and let anybody bully him or try to get under his skin. Me and Rico [Villanueva] told him that If anybody tries to hit him, don’t get into a technical because we need him in the game.”

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 Arizona Reid goes one-on-one versus Henry Walker. PBA Media Bureau

San Miguel import Arizona Reid will undergo a CT scan after he suffered a bad fall during their game against NLEX on Friday.

The import accidentally hit his head on the floor after a layup attempt in the third quarter.

Reid’s performance in the second half was hampered after the fall, which limited him to just four points after scoring 19 in the first two quarters.

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Marcio Lassiter hit the game-winning 3-pointer with just 0.7 second left. PBA Media Bureau

The San Miguel Beermen let a 17-point, second half lead slip away but still came out on top against the NLEX Road Warriors, 94-93, after a clutch buzzer-beating three-pointer from Marcio Lassiter in the 2016 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Arizona Reid led San Miguel with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Alex Cabagnot added 19 markers.

June Mar Fajardo added 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field while Lassiter finished with eight points and nine rebounds.

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A picture may be worth a thousand words, but none tell the whole story when it comes to the PBA’s popularity.

“The PBA is a strong league; the dwindling (audience) is a misconception,” said commissioner Chito Narvasa Thursday night, when he guested at SportsIQ, the country’s first omni-platform live sports talk show. launched SportsIQ Thursday night, with its inaugural episode aired live on INQ 990 Television, Radyo Inquirer and Facebook, Youtube, Periscope, and website.

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