Bolts snares Govs’ Cup semis Game 1 vs Star
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.