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With RDO and Lanete sidelined, Black keeps faith in misfiring Dillinger down to bitter end

Posted by on Apr 28, 2018 in Meralco, News | 0 comments

With RDO and Lanete sidelined, Black keeps faith in misfiring Dillinger down to bitter end

MERALCO coach Norman Black played down his team’s 86-85 loss to a shorthanded GlobalPort in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday night, stressing it hardly is an indication of the Bolts’ status in the midseason tournament. Expected to be title contenders with Best Import Arinze Onuaku back in tow, the Bolts lost to a postseason-aspiring Batang Pier side that was missing suspended Mo Tautuaa. Asked if there’s any concern, Black pointed out that his team is also missing key players due to injuries. “We’re missing Ranidel de Ocampo. Nobody’s...

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Not even bum stomach, dehydration can slow down hulking Meralco import Onuaku

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in Meralco, News | 0 comments

Not even bum stomach, dehydration can slow down hulking Meralco import Onuaku

A BUM stomach wasn’t enough to keep Arinze Onuaku from suiting up in his comeback game in the PBA. The burly import hardly showed the effects of dehydration as he was all about business Wednesday night when he powered Meralco to a 116-103 win over Columbian Dyip in the Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Onuaku was near-perfect from the field, shooting 14-of-15 to finish with a game-high 30 points and grabbing 19 rebounds in the Bolts’ debut game in the mid-season meet. The numbers were impressive enough considering Onuaku...

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Ranidel de Ocampo comeback derailed as veteran goes down with mild Achilles tear

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Meralco, News | 0 comments

Ranidel de Ocampo comeback derailed as veteran goes down with mild Achilles tear

MERALCO’s frontcourt roster suffered another blow as veteran big man Ranidel de Ocampo went down with another injury. Team insiders bared the stretch forward could be out in the first four weeks of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup which begins this Sunday. De Ocampo, 36, said he suffered a mild tear in his Achilles during the Bolts’ practice last week. “Sayang nga yung two weeks na practice ko,” he related to SPIN.ph on Monday . “Two to four weeks (ako mawawala). Nakakainip na nga, e.” De Ocampo missed the entire Philippine Cup to recover from a...

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Cliff Hodge out for conference with a MCL sprain, but Dillinger set for return

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Meralco, News | 0 comments

Cliff Hodge out for conference with a MCL sprain, but Dillinger set for return

MERALCO will be one less big man again for its remaining game in the PBA Philippine Cup. Coach Norman Black disclosed the Bolts will no longer have Cliff Hodge for the remainder of the all-Filipino conference after suffering an MCL sprain (Grade 2) that will sideline him for four to six weeks. “Cliff Hodge is out for the tournament,” said the Meralco mentor. “He’ll be back around the middle of March.” The loss of Hodge further added to the injury woes of Meralco, which count on Ranidel de Ocampo (calf) and Jared Dillinger (foot infection)...

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Chris Newsome grateful to have a world champ for a fan in Jerwin Ancajas

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Meralco, News | 0 comments

Chris Newsome grateful to have a world champ for a fan in Jerwin Ancajas

BOCAUE – Chris Newsome has no less than a world champion for a fan. The Meralco guard was personally sought out by reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight title holder Jerwin Ancajas on Sunday night after the PBA Philippine Cup game between the Bolts and Barangay Ginebra Kings. Ancajas, it turned out, has been a follower of Newsome since his days with Ateneo. The two finally met inside the Meralco dugout – as arranged by ESPN5 reporter Fraulein Olavario – after the Bolts’ thrilling 84-82 win over the Kings...

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Anjo Caram admits thirst for revenge against Ginebra inspired career game

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Meralco, News | 0 comments

Anjo Caram admits thirst for revenge against Ginebra inspired career game

BOCAUE, Bulacan – Anjo Caram played so well against Ginebra on Sunday night at the Philippine Arena that it looked like Meralco was still fighting to extend the finals of the last PBA Governors Cup in the same venue. After losing to the Gin Kings in a best-of-seven series that went the distance, the Bolts gained a measure of payback as they hacked out an 84-82 win over the Gin Kings in their Philippine Cup matchup. The pint-sized Caram was among those who stood tallest, firing a career-high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, on top of three...

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Ballesteros makes most of familiarity with former Gilas teammates Slaughter, Aguilar

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Meralco, News | 0 comments

Ballesteros makes most of familiarity with former Gilas teammates Slaughter, Aguilar

BOCAUE – Jason Ballesteros held his own against Ginebra’s towering frontline and ended up as the unlikely hero for Meralco in an 84-82 win that kept alive its bid for a playoff spot in the PBA Philippine Cup. Ballesteros stood his ground against Greg Slaughter on the defensive end, hauled down 17 rebounds then scored the Bolts’ final three points, including the go-ahead putback baset with 36 left, 83-82. Ballesteros said he was merely responding to coach Norman Black’s challenge as the Bolts fought for dear life in the...

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Meralco stuns Ginebra to keep hopes alive

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Meralco | 0 comments

Meralco stuns Ginebra to keep hopes alive

BOCAUE – Meralco’s frontcourt may be outnumbered, but it couldn’t be outdone on Sunday night. Jason Ballesteros scored the game-winning putback then preserved the result with a solid defensive play as the Bolts survived Ginebra, 84-82, to keep their flickering quarterfinal hopes alive in the PBA Philippine Cup. The Bolts registered their second straight win and fourth in 10 games to claim a piece of ninth spot, preventing the Gin Kings from clinching a playoff berth after dropping to 5-5 following their Governors’ Cup...

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Meralco survives furious Phoenix comeback to stay alive in PBA playoff race

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Meralco, News | 0 comments

Meralco survives furious Phoenix comeback to stay alive in PBA playoff race

MERALCO made sure it wasn’t heartbroken on Valentine’s Day as it survived a furious Phoenix rally, 92-90, on Wednesday night to stay alive in the playoff race of the PBA Philippine Cup. The Bolts wasted an early 16-point lead, but regained their bearings in the payoff period before holding off another late rally by the Fuel Masters. Garvo Lanete caught fire with 24 points built around four triples while Cliff Hodge added 17 markers in 21 minutes before going down with a knee injury for the already shorthanded Bolts, who prevailed in the...

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Not again: Cliff Hodge joins growing Meralco injury list with knee concern

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Meralco, News | 0 comments

Not again: Cliff Hodge joins growing Meralco injury list with knee concern

THE departure of Cliff Hodge to a knee injury put a dampener on Meralco’s 92-90 win over Phoenix in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night. Just as he was getting his groove back after missing the first four games of the conference due to foot injury, the veteran power forward’s progress was derailed after hurting his knee in a collision with Phoenix counterpart Willy Wilson late in the third quarter. “That’s completely different (injury) from what he’s been struggling with this entire conference, which is an ankle injury,” Bolts coach...

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