Double OT win vs NorthPort pumps life to Meralco’s playoff bid
The Meralco Bolts need two more periods to finally escape a scrappy NorthPort Batang Pier side, 126-123, in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday.
Baser Amer sparked an 8-0 run that pumped life to the Bolts’ quarterfinals bid in the All-Filipino tournament.
Chris Newsome topped Meralco with 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists and helped the Bolts break a 3-game slump.
Amer added 23 points for the Bolts, who climbed a 6-point hole in regulation to force the first overtime.
With the win, Meralco now has 3 wins against 5 defeats while handling the Batang Pier their 4th defeat in 6 games.
NorPort was paced by Stanley Pringle’s 33-point performance. Sean Anthony, meanwhile, added 31 points and 16 rebounds.