MANILA, Philippines – A powerful efficiency by rookie import Zach Lofton was not sufficient for Meralco to keep away from a 97-92 loss to former NBA participant Jeremy Lin and the New Taipei Kings within the East Asia Tremendous League on the Xinzhuang Gymnasium on Wednesday.
Lofton scored 35 factors after being named the second import participant for the continental match, however the Bolts fell to 0–2 in Group B as Lin led the way in which for the Kings to finish a win in entrance of their residence followers in New Taipei Metropolis.
The defeat, regardless of main by seven within the third, left PBA groups winless within the EASL’s first season beneath a home-and-away format.
TNT is at the moment 0-3 in Group A after losses to Japan’s Chiba Jets and Taiwan’s Fubon Braves.
The Tropang Giga will play in opposition to KBL champion Anyang Jung Kwan Jang and Rhenz Abando on December 1. 6 in South Korea.
Lin scored 25 factors and was primarily chargeable for the Kings’ rally after trailing 54-47 within the first three minutes of the second half.
His brother Joseph and import Kenny Manigault additionally performed key roles for New Taipei, taking management of the match within the fourth, main by 10 on just a few events forcing Meralco into determined mode.
Prince Ibeh, Meralco’s different import, had 18 factors, six rebounds, three steals and three blocks for the Bolts, whose subsequent EASL match is on December 13 with a delegated residence match in opposition to Japan’s B.League champion Ryukyu Golden Kings in Macau.
Chris Newsome completed with 16 factors, six rebounds, 4 assists and two steals to emerge as Meralco’s prime native participant.
Meralco resumes its PBA Commissioner’s Cup marketing campaign on Sunday in opposition to NLEX on the Philsports Enviornment in Pasig Metropolis with import Su Braimoh.
Braimoh has not performed within the EASL as a consequence of visa points that prevented him from enjoying the earlier two video games on international soil.