PBA: The locals, led by Malki, set the tone for Meralco to win the final

Allen Malksi leads Meralco in PBA Finals Game 1.  PBA picture

Allen Malksi leads Meralco in PBA Finals Game 1. PBA picture

MANILA, Philippines: When Tony Bishop was alive in a crucial third quarter of Meralco Game 1 against Barangay Geneva in the PBA Governors Cup Final, the Bolts received substantial contributions from their locals that set the tone.

Allen Maliksi led the charge, firing 15 of his team-high 22 points in the first half, allowing Meralco to take a double-digit cushion on its way to a 104-91 victory.

“The locals took us in the first half and Tony went ahead in the second half and hit some big shots for us,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black, who praised his squad’s defensive efforts.

Maliksey, a former University of Santo Thomas standout, kept Jean Kings at bay in the half, with Bishop scoring 12 points to suppress any attempt to return before taking charge in the third.

“It was a continuation of Game 5 against Magnolia,” Black said of Malcolm’s performance, referring to Bolt’s 94-81 win over the Hotspots in the semifinals last Friday.

In that game, Malcolmio led the way in scoring with 24 points to compensate for Bishop’s struggle.

“Many of our offenses will go through him (Malki),” said Black, who led the 21-point team.

So far, the ownership has been distributed.

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