Meralco looks to keep hold of top spot vs. Mahindra

Import Arinze Onuaku looks to lead Meralco past Mahindra. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – The league-leading Meralco Bolts are out to tighten their grip on the top spot in the league standings as they take on the dangerous Mahindra Enforcers in the 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Bolts are still at the top of the table with their 6-2 win-loss record. Another win will boost their chances of a Top 2 finish and give them a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals.

"We're doing well in this conference because of our defense," Meralco head coach Norman Black told PBA.ph. "Our offense has been spotty at best."

"But if push comes to shove, we'll just focus on getting the ball to (import) Arinze (Onuaku). We'll basically run our offense through him," he added.

(READ: Bolts, Beermen try to stand ground as top two)

The Bolts are coming off a 16-day lay-off which Black hopes was enough time for them to adjust to the loss of veteran gunner Gary David.

It will not be an easy task for Meralco, however, as Mahindra is coming off a 102-94 upset of Alaska and is also seeking to bolster its chances of advancing to the playoffs for their first time.

Game time is at 3 p.m.

In the second game of the double-header, San Miguel Beer tries to rack up its third win in a row when it faces off against the Barangay Ginebra Kings at 5:15 p.m.

The Beermen currently sit in second place with a 5-2 record and a victory will boost its chances of claiming a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals as well.

The Gin Kings currently have a 5-4 record, mired in the middle of the pack with three other teams. But they remain in contention for a Top 2 finish nevertheless.

San Miguel may welcome back June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, and Ronald Tubid after all three players missed their 117-98 rout of the Star Hotshots last Sunday.

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