Meralco cruised to a 102-75 victory over Blackwater and formalized its entry into the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner's Cup last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
An energized Arinze Onuaku came through with a double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds, while four others finished in double figures for the Bolts, who improved to 6-2 overall for a tie with TnT Katropa at third place in the standings.
The Bolts also stretched their win streak to three games and kept themselves in the running a top 2 finish by the end of the eliminations.
Coach Norman Black though, would rather not think far ahead.
"We don't really look that far in advance because we're not there yet. If we get in the situation where we can get that advantage, we'll certainly go for it," said the Meralco mentor. "But right now, it's more about trying to beat the teams ahead of us."
And it can't get any better for the Bolts as they will face the Alaska Aces next, followed by TnT, and finally Rain or Shine.
"Now we just have to prepare for the heavyweights," added Black.
The win over Blackwater, somehow was a good preparation for Meralco as it goes to a brutal stretch of its campaign in the elimination round.
"I thought my guys played with a of sense of urgency tonight, this having been a must-win situation for us especially with the three games coming up in our schedule," added Black.
Anjo Caram and Cliff Hodge finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively for Meralco, which also got 11 from Jarred Dillinger, who was 3-of-4 from three-point range.
Blackwater continued to languish in the cellar with a 1-9 record.
Import Henry Walker had 14 points and 13 rebounds to show the way for the Elite, who trailed by as many as 93-52 late in the game.*pba.com
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