|Today - 5:00PM - Smart Araneta Coliseum|
The Meralco Bolts try to duplicate their dominant performance last outing and down TNT KaTropa again in Game Three of the best-of-five Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Saturday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Tip-off is set at 5 p.m. live on TV5.
After losing by 18 points in Game One, the Bolts bounced back with a wire-to-wire 106-91 victory on Thursday.
It didn’t help San Miguel that reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo did spent more time than intended on the bench Friday night.
Fajardo was saddled by foul trouble, picking up his fifth foul with still more than a quarter to go in the Beermen’s 97-96 loss to Ginebra in game 2 of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals.
“Mahirap kasi early foul trouble agad ako, and ang dami naming lapses,” said Fajardo. “Kailangan mag-mature kasi veteran team na kami eh.”
Tim Cone believes Scottie Thompson’s triple-double performance against San Miguel in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals is only the first of many.
Thompson, the fifth overall pick in the 2015 PBA Draft, picked up a tasty stat line of 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists, making him the first homegrown rookie since Johnny Abarrientos to register a triple double.
“I’m so proud of him, he came into this league, and that’s his first but it won’t be his last,” said Cone Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after their 97-96 game 3 win. “To me it’s a surprise because he scored that much.”
Japeth Aguilar knocked down the buzzer-beater to cap a roller-coaster Game 3 and secure Barangay Ginebra’s 97-96 win over San Miguel Beer in their best-of-five semifinals in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night.
It was a neck-and-neck affair between the two squads in the last three quarters, until LA Tenorio sank a triple that pushed the Gin Kings ahead, 95-94 with 1:28 to go.
Arwind Santos, however, pumped in a jumper that gave the Beermen a 96-95 lead and an imminent victory with 36 seconds to go.
Jimmy Alapag knocked down four three-pointers to help lift Meralco past TNT KaTropa, 106-91, last Thursday in the PBA Governors' Cup.
It also brought him closer to surpassing PBA legend Allan Caidic for the most three-pointers made in the league’s history.
Alapag has connected on 1237 triples in his career and is just five three-pointers away from of tying Caidic’s record of 1242.
TNT coach Jong Uichico was bracing for the worst, and Meralco game them just that.
Coming out with a lot of fire, the Bolts handed the KaTropa only their second defeat in the season-ending 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup, evening up their semifinals series with a 106-91 victory on Thursday.
“We started flat and we knew naman that Meralco will come out with a lot of energy,” he said. “We didn’t come out with a lot of energy. We shouldn’t have played catch-up the whole game.”
With the game already secured, Meralco took a huge hit after Jared Dillinger hurt his right hamstring late in the game.
The energetic forward snatched the ball from Troy Rosario, but immediately felt the pain as he went down the court and scored the layup. He asked to be subbed out immediately with only 1:06 left in the contest.
Even Dillinger would admit that he was not quite sure what happened, but he earlier had a hint that there may have been something wrong.