Meralco got off to a strong start in the PBA Governors' Cup after outlasting Columbian Dyip, 109-106, on Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
Reigning Bst Import Allen Durham came up big with 26 points, 20 rebounds, and nine assists.
But it was Baser Amer who shone the brightest in the fourth period, dropping 12 of his 23 markers to keep the Dyip at bay. Cliff Hodge added 11 markers.
Anjo Caram and Ranidel de Ocampo had 10 points each.
It was a back-and-forth game in the final stretch. Amer, though, changed the complexion of the match after scoring on a layup that gave the Bolts the lead for good, 108-106.
Dyip import Akeem Wright botched an open mid-range jumper in the ensuing play. Meralco import Allen Durham also botched a point-blank shot.
Good thing Wright lost the ball in the rebound play that led to Durham's split from the foul line with 1.4 ticks remaining that sealed the victory for Meralco.
The Dyip had a chance to tie the match but Roider Cabrera's heave from the three-point area was short.
Wright paced the Dyip with game-high 30 points to go with 14 rebounds and four assists. The 6-5 reinforcement hurt his right knee in the final play.
Jerramy King shot five 3-pointers on the way to 24 points. He also had eight rebounds, five assists, and a block. Glenn Khobuntin and Jackson Corpuz had 10 markers each.
Meralco 109 - Durham 26, Amer 23, Tolomia 14, Hodge 11, Caram 10, De Ocampo 10, Canaleta 9, Salva 4, Newsome 2, Lanete 0, Bono 0, Hugnatan 0.
Columbian 106 - Wright 30, King 24, Khobuntin 10, Corpuz 10, Camson 8, Escoto 8, McCarthy 5, Celda 5, Tubid 2, Cabrera 2, Cahilig 2, Lastimosa 0.
Quarterscores: 26-25, 43-53, 85-76, 109-106.
Columbian Dyip actually led by 53-43 before heading into the locker room at halftime. The Dyip outscored their foes in the second period, 28-17.
Meralco scored 42 points in the third period.
The Columbian Dyip have a new coach in Johnedel Cardel.
Meralco - vs TNT KaTropa on August 19 at the Ynares Center in Antipolo
Columbian Dyip - vs Phoenix on August 22 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum