Use whatever hyperbole you want, but to say that “Mahindra drained a lot of threes to win the game” would be an understatement. It’s one thing for a team to be hot — and Mahindra was hot. It’s another when those shots come within the flow of the offense.
Mahindra went H-A-M in the 1st quarter, hitting 6 of their first 7 3PT attempts to take an early 15-22 lead. But the rain stopped and it was suddenly sunshine for the Meralco Bolts, as they stormed back, cutting the lead by 1, 24-25, by the end of the 1st quarter.
But Mahindra’s bench, led by DeGregorio and Paniamogan, took the Bolts by surprise, blitzing out of the break and taking an 8 point lead midway through the 2nd, which prompted the Meralco staff to call a timeout. But the onslaught wasn’t done. Paniamogan, who would finish the game with 25 points and making 7 of 9 bombs from deep, would hit back-to-back triples to give Mahindra it’s biggest lead of the game at 31-48.
At that point, the game pretty much fell over. Meralco made a bold effort to close the gap in the 3rd, locking in on defense. But it was too late. The Mahindra attack was in full gear. Led by lefty swingman Alex Mallari, who finished with a 13-6-11 line, Mahindra answered every run that Meralco had with 3. When Meralco cut what was once an 11 point lead to 4, Elorde and Salva answered with 3s, pushing the lead back to a comfortable 9 (there was a Daquiaog layup in between).
And then when ROY Chris Newsome valiantly carried the Bolts on his shoulders in the 4th, the threes just kept raining down. In total, Mahindra made 21 out of 47 (!!!) 3PT attempts.
I hate making comparison but it was like watching the Rockets where Mallari was the lead guard and he had a bevy of “shooters” around him. You take out Mallari’s horrible 1 of 6 and Mahindra went 20 of 41 (48.7 percent). It’s tough to win against a team that goes that hot from deep .
With the W, Mahindra gets their 2nd win of the season while the Bolts have their losing streak extended to 5 after going 2-1 in their first 3 games.