Meralco ruins Standhardinger’s PBA debut, downs San Miguel Beer

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaser Amer stole the spotlight as Meralco ruined Christian Standhardinger’s keenly-awaited debut with a 93-85 win over San Miguel Beer in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Amer delivered down the stretch, scoring 13 of his game-high 28 points in the last six minutes to lift the Bolts to their third win in four outings.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s always a big win when you beat San Miguel. We were hoping to catch them early, catch them when they’re still rusty,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.All eyes were on Standhardinger, who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Beermen in October, and the fancied San Miguel making their debut coming off a historic fourth straight championship in the Philippine Cup last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut the Bolts stole their thunder behind Amer, who flourished in the crucial stages.Meralco was down seven before it went on an 11-2 burst capped by three free throws by Amer with 4:29 remaining. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The former San Beda star then, scored five unanswered points to give the Bolts an 85-81 edge before sinking a pair of freebies to put the game away, 90-83, with 23.5 ticks left.Amer went 8-of-13 from the field including 5-of-6 from downtown and also had eight rebounds and three assists while his backcourt partner Chris Newsome added 23 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.Bolts import Arinze Onuaku posted a near triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists while also collecting two steals and two blocks.Beermen reinforcement Troy Gillen started like a house on fire but cooled off in the second half, where he only scored two points after tallying 17 in the first two quarters.Standhardinger had a subpar outing, finishing with only four points, five rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes off the bench. June Mar Fajardo had a quiet night, scoring 16 points and grabbing seven rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Garcia disappointed as Rain or Shine fails to capitalize on frontcourt edge Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more