Another late fightback fell short in the end.
Meralco stumbled to its third straight defeat, losing to GlobalPort, 97-89, Friday, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.
Terrence Romeo was the thorn on the side of the Bolts this time as he unloaded 12 of his 27 points, to go with five rebounds and five assists to snap the Bolts’ late rally.
Nino Canaleta added 13 markers and four boards, while Mike Cortez and Billy Mamaril both had 12.
Fighting back from a 16-point hole in the first half, Meralco tied the game at 74 behind a Chris Newsome dunk early in the fourth.
That, however, was the Bolts last stand as they failed to make the big shots in the end with Romeo sealing the deal late.
“Once again, they had the player who made the big plays down the stretch in Terrence Romeo and we didn’t make the big shots when we had the chance,” said coach Norman Black.
GlobalPort rebounded from its 101-99 loss to Phoenix last December 28, where it lost hold of a commanding 26-point lead and improved to 4-3.
Meralco, meanwhile, remained at the bottom four with its 2-5 card as it stumbled to its fourth straight loss.
Reynel Hugnatan led Meralco with 23 points and five rebounds, while Jonathan Grey fired 10 of his 18 markers in the third quarter rally, to go with his six boards.
GLOBALPORT 97 – Romeo 27, Canaleta 13, Mamaril 12, Cortez 12, Quinahan 11, Pringle 9, Aban 9, Mierhofer 2, Paredes 2, Banal 0, Urbiztondo 0, Pessumal 0.
MERALCO 89 – Hugnatan 23, Grey 18, Newsome 16, Hodge 12, Daquioag 12, Buenafe 3, Faundo 2, Caram 2, Amer 1, Uyloan 0, Nabong 0, Ferriols 0.
Quarters: 26-19, 51-41, 72-71, 97-89.