Paniamogan catches fire as Mahindra edges Meralco

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Published January 11, 2017 9:51pm

The Mahindra Floodbusters knocked down 21 three-point shots en route to a 105-92 victory against the Meralco Bolts on Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

It was Mahindra’s second straight victory after notching its first win in the Philippine Cup on Christmas Day against Blackwater. The squad opened the tournament with five straight losses. The loss, meanwhile, left the Bolts at the cellar with a 2-6 record.

“Meralco is definitely a contender team their standing does not reflect the capability of this team,” said coach Chris Gavina. “We really just had our cylinders going this game. Our guys have really been buying in on coming early and staying late; our preparation all came together today.”

Philip Paniamogan was the star for Mahindra, exploding for 25 points off the bench with a stellar 7 of 9 clip from beyond the arc. Several other players were solid off the bench, with Nico Salva hitting 13 points and Michael DiGregorio hitting 11. Rookie Russell Escoto, meanwhile, chipped in 10. Mahindra’s starters were led by Alex Mallari and Jason Deutchman who scored 13 markers each. 

Reynel Hugnatan had a monster game for Meralco with 28 points. Chris Newsome tallied 19 points with eight assists, while Baser Amer rounded up the players in double figures with 12. —JST, GMA News

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