The 39th season of the Philippine Basketball Association was formally opened, and three teams drew first blood in their own respective matches in this year’s edition of PLDT-My DSL Philippine Cup.
Ginebra defeats San Mig Coffee in Manila Clasico, 86-69
In Manila, Ginebra San Miguel continues to remain victorious on their opening-day assignments, with the latest at the expense of San Mig Cofee Mixers, 86-69.
Ginebra fuelled a second-half surge that left everyone witnessed an 8-point deficit turning into a 17-point decision at the final buzzer.
Five players from Ginebra scored on double digits, with Japeth Aguilar leading the way with 18 points to go with eight rebounds and five blocks. Lewis Alfred Tenorio had a double-double performance with 17 points and 10 assists. Dylan Ababou contributed 16 markers – highlighted by his three 3-point field goals – in his first game after suffering an ACL injury last year.
Newcomers Jay-R Reyes and Greg Slaughter had 10 points each. The latter also had 10 rebounds for his first double-double game in his very first PBA game.
Guard Mark Barroca led the Coffee Mixers with 14 points, while James Yap only had 8 points and nailing nothing on his free throw shots (0 in 5 attempts).
Talk ‘N Text defeats Meralco, 89-80
Moving to the queen city of the South, the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters and the Meralco Bolts were battling at the same time when the Manila Classico was still at helm.
And TNT successfully opened their campaign to defend their title to the tune of 89-80 win over their sister team Meralco at the New Cebu Coliseum in Cebu City.
Hometown hero Eloy Poligrates was the best player of the game, chipping in 9 of his 13 points in the final canto as the Texters pulled a 17-4 run that spelled the game’s fate into their side.
The rookie stole the spotlight from a shootout contest between Gary David (Meralco) and Jason Castro (TNT). David already had 20 markers while Castro scored 18 at the end of third quarter with the Bolts leading then, 66-64. They finished with 26 and 20, respectively.
Also, the returning Kelly Williams and the Mighty Mouse Jimmy Alapag collaborated in the series of plays on during the stretch, as the Tropang Texters outscored Meralco, 25-14.
Jared Dillinger was the other only player in Meralco whom scored in double figures with 11.
Rain or Shine defeats Alaska, 87-74
Capping the opening day was the game between Rain or Shine and Alaska held at the University of the South Eastern Philippines (USEP) gym in Davao city. The Elasto Painters blew the game wide open in the third quarter, and went home with a victory over the Aces, 87-74.
Jeff Chan scored 17 points, including 4 three-point shots; while Jervy Cruz finished with 12 points and the same number of rebounds, for the Elasto Painters, whom built a 20-point lead at the near end of the third period.
The Aves attempted to rally via three 3-pointers to cut the lead down to 9 once again, only for that move to go into naught as Paul Lee nailed two free throws and Gabe Norwood finished the game with an alley-oop dunk.