MANILA, Philippines–Meralco bought an enormous efficiency from import Suleiman Braimoh to beat Rain or Shine, 107-102, for a successful begin to its marketing campaign within the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at Philsports Enviornment in Pasig Metropolis.
Braimoh completed with 34 factors, 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks behind his exercise on each ends because the Bolts prevailed regardless of having to combat off the Elasto Painters fightback within the second half.
Chris Newsome, coming off a gold medal for Gilas Pilipinas within the Hangzhou Asian Video games, had 20 factors, six rebounds, three assists and three steals regardless of having little time with the crew throughout the seven-month offseason to additionally key Meralco’s triumph.
Luigi Trillo gained in his first official recreation as coach since Meralco administration rejigged the workers within the offseason.
And he and the Bolts are banking on gamers like Braimoh to ship the products after reaching the semis in six of the final seven conferences.
Rain or Shine, however, dropped its opening task regardless of pulling to inside two within the fourth quarter.
Import Dajuan Summers had 27 factors however shot 8-of-23 from the sector in his PBA debut whereas rookie Keith Datu scored 16 in his first-ever recreation.
A 3-pointer by Santi Santillan bought the Elasto Painters behind 107-105, however Braimoh answered with a 3 of his personal to maintain the Bolts in command.
MERALCO 107 – Braimoh 34, Newsome 20, Maliksi 16, Hodge 10, Dario 8, Almazan 6, Torres 5, Caram 3, Quinto 3, Black 2, Pasaol 0, Rios 0, Pascual 0.
RAIN OR SHINE 102 – Summers 27, Santillan 16, Datu 16, Caracut 15, Clarito 13, Nambatac 7, Mamuyac 4, Belga 2, Norwood 1, Demusis 1, Asistio 0 , Belo 0.
Quarters: 39-30, 63-50, 77-70, 107-102.