Recap: Meralco Bolts vs Rain or Shine

Recap: Meralco Bolts vs Rain or Shine

Result

  • Meralco Bolts – 107
  • Rain or Shine – 102
Suleiman Braimoh meralco

Best Player of the Game

Suleiman Braimoh won the Best Player of the Game award in Meralco’s 107-102 win over Rain or Shine on November 8, 2023. He recorded 34 points, 14 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in his PBA debut and helped the Bolts stage a comeback victory. Braimoh replaced an injured player and proved to be a capable import who can score, rebound, defend, and pass the ball to his teammates. He deserved the award based on his impressive performance.

Recap

Meralco came back from a 15-point deficit and won 107-102 against Rain or Shine in the first game of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Suleiman Braimoh scored 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Bolts. Chris Newsome added 20 points and Allein Maliksi scored 16 points. Dajuan Summers scored 27 points for the Elasto Painters, with Leonard Santillan adding 16 points, while Keith Datu and Andrei Caracut finished with 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Key Moments

  • Meralco trailed by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, but the Bolts staged a comeback to take a 65-50 halftime lead.
  • Rain or Shine got close in the third quarter, but Meralco was able to maintain its lead.
  • The Elasto Painters cut the lead to 97-95 in the fourth quarter, but the Bolts responded with a 10-4 run to put the game away.

Turnover Battle

Meralco forced Rain or Shine into 19 turnovers, while the Bolts only committed 12 turnovers. The Bolts were able to convert the Elasto Painters’ turnovers into 26 points.

Second-Chance Points

Meralco also had the advantage in second-chance points, 20-14. The Bolts were able to get more offensive rebounds (13-9) and they converted their second-chance opportunities into points more efficiently.

Conclusion

Meralco’s win was a good start to their Commissioner’s Cup campaign. The Bolts showed that they have the depth and talent to compete in the conference. Braimoh was a big factor in their win, and he will be a key player for Meralco moving forward.

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