PBA: Mac Belo stars as Meralco thumps NorthPort

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Mac Belo drives previous NorthPort defenders. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines—Meralco dominated NorthPort, 85-63, in its first sport of  the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Ynares Sports activities Area.

The Bolts additionally spoiled the return of guard Robert Bolick who missed the 2020 Philippine Cup resulting from an ACL damage he suffered in 2019.

Whereas the Bolts didn’t have the most effective evening capturing the ball, going 7-of-28 from deep, they did clamp down on the Batang Pier’s offense.

NorthPort’s 17-of-81 capturing, or 21percent, is the second lowest mark in PBA historical past behind Coca-Cola’s 16-of-80 mark, 20%, in its 78-60 loss to San Miguel in Sport 3 of the 2008 Fiesta Cup quarterfinals.

A part of Batang Pier’s capturing woes fell on Bolick’s chilly fingers with the combo guard going a disastrous 4-of-19 from the sphere and a bone-dry 0-of-7 from deep for 11 factors.

“Protection has at all times been our calling card and we had been one of many higher defensive groups within the league,” stated Meralco head coach Norman Black. “However we actually wished to up the tempo within the sport and we wished to attain extra factors.”

“We did have the tempo that we wished however on the identical time we didn’t shoot the ball properly so that you simply need to do a greater job capturing within the subsequent sport.”

Mac Belo starred in his first sport for Meralco, going 27 factors on 11-of-18 capturing with 9 rebounds.

Sidney Onwubere had 13 factors and 6 rebounds to guide the Batang Pier.

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