Bolts snares Govs’ Cup semis Game 1 vs Star

Panay News - - SPORTS -

MANILA – Jared Dillinger car­ried the load in the endgame for Mer­alco Bolts to eke out a 72-66 vic­tory over Star Hot­shots in Game 1 of the PBA Gov­er­nors’ Cup best- of- five semi­fi­nals last night at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, La­guna.

Trail­ing 57- 66 with less than five min­utes in the game, Dillinger drained two straight triples to tie the count at 66-all. He later pushed Bolts 68-66 on a layup be­fore hits from Allen Durham and Garvo Lanete sealed their win.

Dillinger fin­ished with 15 points – 8 came in the fourth quar­ter – while Durham led the way with dou­ble-dou­ble

n rt 23 points and 15 re­bounds and Baser Amer added 10 mark­ers.

Bolts ac­tu­ally had a poor start, down 7-21 at the end of the first quar­ter, but turned things around in the sec­ond frame be­hind Amer, Durham and Chris New­some to come to within 32-36 at the half.

Mer­alco con­tin­ued its run in the third, clearing a 34-41 deficit to take a 47-45 lead on con­ver­sions from Amer and Clif­ford Hodge. But Hot­shots coun­tered with an 8-0 run, six of which came from Jio Jalalon, to re­gain the lead 53-47.

Star widened the lead to as much as 12 points early in the fourth with a bas­ket from Peter June Si­mon. Bolts slowly inched its way back be­hind Durham to trim the deficit 53-59.

Hot­shots an­swered with a trey from Mark Andy Bar­roca for a 66-57 edge be­fore Bolts went on a 15-0 fin­ish­ing run be­hind Dillinger and Ranidel de Ocampo to steal the win.

Jalalon fin­ished with 15 points, in­clud­ing a 9- of- 9 shoot­ing from the free throw line, while Bar­roca and Paul Lee added 11 mark­ers for Star, whose im­port Kristofer Acox was held to mere 7 points and 16 re­bounds./

Mer­alco Bolts for­ward Jared Dillinger (20) drib­bles against the de­fense of Star Hot­shots guard Peter June Si­mon dur­ing Game 1 of their PBA Gov­er­nors’ Cup semi­fi­nals match on Sun­day, Oct. 1. Bolts won 72-66.

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