Allein Maliksi made it a homecoming trip to remember when Meralco beat Barangay Ginebra, 106-93, in the PBA On Tour on Wednesday at the University of Santo Tomas’ Quadricentennial Pavilion.
Maliksi drained 13 of his 23 points in the first quarter, which played a key role in the Bolts taking control of the contest throughout despite the Gin Kings’ small comeback efforts throughout the run. remaining.
The former Growling Tiger, who played his lone UAAP season in 2009, hit 8/16 to win, which improved Meralco’s record in the show series to 5-3.
Meralco dominated three days after losing heavily to undefeated Magnolia, but coach Luigi Trillo feels there is more work to be done for consistency.
“As a coach, there’s a lot, there’s a lot we can improve on,” said coach Trillo, who won’t be directing shots for the rest of the On Tour to attend the conference. and NBA Summer League in the United States.
Ginebra’s loss damaged Aljon Mariano’s own return to UST, who had eight points, four rebounds and two steals. Gin Kings currently has a 4-4 record.
Maliksi’s hot shot gave Meralco a 37-21 lead at half-time.
Bong Quinto scored 22 points, Cliff Hodge had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, Franky Johnson used his extended playing time to score 14 points while Raymond Almazan added 13 points and 12 bounces back to Meralco.
Von Pessumal scored the highest for Ginebra with 26 points but left the game in the fourth inning after spraining his left ankle.
MERALCO 106—Maliksi 23, Quinto 22, Johnson 14, Hodge 15, Almazan 13, Rios 6, Dario 5, Pascual 4, Jose 2, Torres 2, Pasaol 0.
GINEBRA 93—Pessumal 26, Gray 15, Onwubere 14, David 12, R.Aguilar 8, Mariano 8, Pinto 5, Aurin 3, Gumaru 2, Dillinger 0, Espanola 0.
Rounds: 37-21, 57-46, 91-76, 106-93.
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