#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Roundup: October 22, 2014

Undersized Meralco showed a lot of grit in their big double-OT win over Barako Bull, while Alaska exploited a depleted Purefoods squad to open its 2014-2015 campaign.

Stepping up. Reynel Hugnatan (top) and Calvin Abueva (bottom)
led their respective PBA teams to victory.

Game Capsules:

Box Scores.                                                                                                 
Natural power forward Reynel Hugnatan started and played 47 minutes en route to 28 points and 6 rebounds as the Meralco Bolts beat the Barako Bull Energy in two extra periods. Hugnatan was a perfect 10/10 from the charity stripe, while also shooting 9/14 from the field. He got a lot of help, too, as five other Meralco players finished in double-digits. Foremost among these was Cliff Hodge, who made the most of his 45 minutes by scoring 10 points, grabbing SIXTEEN rebounds, handing out 5 assists, and blocking 3 shots. Versatile forward Sean Anthony also did well with 14 markers, 9 boards, 3 steals, and 2 dimes. On the other end, Chico Lanete paced Barako Bull with 21 points on 10/19 FG shooting, while JC Intal added 20 markers on the strength of 4 triples. It was a sorry loss for Barako Bull as the Energy led by nine in the first half and looked well in-control before Meralco made its rally in the second half.
Line of the Game: Reynel Hugnatan – 28 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, 9/14 FG, 10/10 FT.

Cliff Hodge is looking to have a breakout season for the Bolts.

Reynel Hugnatan shows rookie Jake Pascual the ropes.

RR Garcia debuted for Barako Bull Energy.

With Marc Pingris still resting, Ian Sangalang tearing his ACL, and the Hotshots turning the ball over 24 times, the Alaska Aces didn’t need much time to wrest control of this game and cruise to the big win. Calvin Abueva played just 17 minutes, but he scored 21 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and handed out 2 assists while shooting 8/13 from the field. He was backstopped by RJ Jazul, who hit three treys on his way to 11 points, while starting bigs Vic Manuel and Sonny Thoss combined for 20 markers and 21 boards. James Yap tried to rally Purefoods with 16 points, but it was all in vain. Seldom-used big man Yousef Taha impressed, though, scoring 10 markers hauling down 11 rebounds, dishing out 3 assists, and getting 2 steals for the Hotshots. PJ Simon was the only other guy in double-figures for coach Tim Cone. Usual reliables Mark Barroca and Joe Devance also struggled, pairing up for 4/14 FG shooting from the floor since being teammates.
Line of the Game: Calvin Abueva – 21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 8/13 FG shooting.

Calvin Abueva tore the Purefoods D to shreds.

Not even James Yap could lead a turnaround for Purefoods.

Vic Manuel, starting in place of the injured Gabby Espinas, tries to bring down the ball.

All images are by Nuki Sabio/PBA. 

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