Friday, December 30, 2011

PBA Twinbill Friday

December 16  - Friday
Araneta Coliseum

   Petron Blaze    vs      Meralco Bolts 

Blaze Boosters Neutralize Bolts 
Grab a 1-0 Lead in their Best-of-Three

- 19 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals -
Arwind Santos [#29] proves again why he is one of the country's best.
[photo above and 2 below]

 Sol Mercado [#3 - photo above], Gabby Espinas,
Mac Cardona [reaching for the ball in photo below], and 
Mark Isip [harassing Arwind in lead photo] combine for 53 points,
more than half of Meralco's 84 game total.


Arwind Santos, Chris Lutz , Alex Cabagnot, Rob Reyes, 
and Denok Miranda - altogether produce 74 of Petron's 91.

Chris Lutz drives as Gabby Espinas [#10] tries to block.
Lutz scores 18 points.

Alex Cabagnot always finds a way.
Here, Asi T. [#5] tries in vain to swat the ball from Alex.
Cabagnot contributes 14 markers, along with 7 boards.

Court General Denok Miranda drills in 11.

Rob Reyes, who puts in 12, rounds up the five Blaze Boosters who score double figures.

Reyes Slams one in for two.
[5-frame sequence below] 

There are some anxious moments for Cabagnot's Lady Love, 
Ginger Conejero, during the match .

- Mission Accomplished for Petron -
Ms. Conejero rests easy.

Final Score:    Petron-91    Meralco-84

This W gives Petron the twice-to-beat advantage over Meralco.

brosi gonzales

Elasto Painters Stop [Crowd Favorite] Gin Kings

Score 43 points in the 4th Qtr

Sweet shooting J.R. Quinahan [#48]
drills in 14 [of his game total 21 pts] in the 4th Qtr.

- Lee vs Mamaril -

 - Lee vs Labagala -

- Lee vs Villanueva and Wilson -
 [above and below]


 Combined with Paul Lee's 13 4th Qtr markers
[Lee's game total is 19] the duo's [Lee & Quinahan] 29 points
 is only a point shy of Ginebra's 30 4th Qtr. points.

The end of the 3rd Qtr has Ginebra up by 13 points 69-56 but the 4th Qtr surge by the Elasto Painters forces an overtime at 99-all. In the Overtime period, Ginebra gets only 2 points each from Villanueva, Canaleta, Caguioa - for a total of only 6 -  Rain or Shine totals 13 points in the extension - Belga has 6, Lee has 3, while Chan and Norwood have 2 each - for a total of 13.

As they say -
It's not how one starts that counts the most
- it's how one finishes.

Like Petron before them, Rain or Shine
gains the twice-to-beat advantage over Ginebra.

brosi gonzales

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