Underneath siege all recreation lengthy in opposition to an enemy that additionally desires to proper its personal ship, Meralco on Tuesday evening scored a 109-104 additional time victory over Magnolia to get again within the thick of the struggle courtesy of the brilliance of Chris Newsome and a younger brigade of unheralded guards.
As soon as the league’s prime rookie, Newsome hit a fadeaway jumper with 10.2 seconds left to provide the Bolts a 107-104, earlier than Raymond Almazan sealed the win with two free throws with a second remaining as Meralco gained for the second time in 4 begins whereas dealing the star-studded but undermanned Hotshots their first shedding streak in a 1-Three card.
Rookie Aaron Black continued to make his father-coach Norman proud together with his greatest offensive recreation so far, whereas Trevis Jackson was large close to the top of regulation, which ended at 94-all cast by two Marc Barroca free throws.
“We had been hoping to have an opportunity at knocking [Barangay] Ginebra off [last Sunday] as we contemplate them one of many prime groups within the league, and we all know going up in opposition to Magnolia, back-to-back, that they’re simply as robust as [the Gin Kings]. So it is a large win for us,” the older Black informed the Inquirer shortly after the bubble’s first OT recreation at Angeles College Basis powered by Good 5G.
“We’re making an attempt to make it to the playoffs for the primary time in a protracted whereas. And to have the ability to knock them (Hotshots) [down] makes our [playoff] possibilities so much higher,” Black added.
Jackson scored all of his 10 factors within the fourth interval, together with the three triples that stored Meralco within the struggle earlier than Newsome capped off a sterling evening with 9 of his 23 factors in extension.
“[Trevis] has been enjoying nicely with the minutes he has been getting, so I simply determined to get him on the market. He actually got here up large tonight,” Black mentioned.
Aaron was simply as regular, chipping in with 16 factors as he continues to make heads flip right here whereas giving his father one other viable offensive choice.
It was a sorry defeat for Magnolia, who rode Paul Lee all recreation however was unable to plug the holes left by hurting key gamers Ian Sanggalang (again pains) and Rome dela Rosa (hyperextended knee).
“It’s an important feeling. As I’ve mentioned earlier than, we’re residing within the bubble, so we see one another each day. So the very last thing you need is to go on a shedding streak,” Black mentioned.
Meralco performs winless NLEX Friday because it seeks to string collectively wins for the primary time right here and improve its possibilities of advancing. The Highway Warriors are additionally struggling, shedding their firth three video games. INQ
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