Bad Meralco vs. Ginebra Highlights Edit from Sports 5, Netizens React

You probably know by now that Ginebra edged the Meralco Bolts with the score of 90 -89 to take the top spot in the 2017 Commissioners Cup.

The game started loosely as Meraclo Bolts seemed like they are not ready to play early but recovered anyway and led the first quarter 24-22. The game was closely contested as the two top teams jockeyed for position for a twice to beat advantage that went Ginebra’s way.  LA Tenorio and Justin Brownlee was the top scorer with 22.

But that ain’t the story.  As usual, we embedded the video from Sport5 Youtube channel. While we are not particularly impressed with the way they edit since then, we had no choice as they are the main source. ( Thank you TV 5, we love you! Please continue to upload highlights)

This particular highlights between Ginebra vs Meralco game, however, was just far worse than the others and the netizens agree.  Should TV 5 consider changing your PBA highlight editor?

Check it out below.

Real Youtube comments below.

Verwin Villegas 

bat ganyan pag kaka edit
cyborg666 

parang lasing lang ung naggawa nito ah. sports5 ba talaga ito? pangit na ung gawa sa ending ng laro kung paano natapos. tapos ganito pa?
marky ucol 

nakaremix! hahaha
mm 

magulo nga hahaha pero yung 1st qtr lang naman pala 😂
Anthony James   M      AndAng Andang 

ang panget parang korea nobela
Walter Peter Carreon 

Mula WIN na naman.
neutrons _ 

HAHAHAH
iwannanaman 

bukas  wala nangtrabaho nag-edit nito
Leojie Mozo 

Inaantok na yung nag edit hahaa
Gino Francisk 

Lasing ata nag edit neto
shanie girl 

talo kasi team ni mani pangitlinan kaya baboy pagkakaedit
Rakee Bee 

sana pinagpa bukas na pag upload haha inaantok na nagedit.
The Real CH4RLES 

Sabotage ba toh? Panalo kasi Ginebra eh Hahaha 😂 Anong edit toh? gg
Jojo Jeje 

Putang inang edit yan. Ang daming wala sa highlights. Tapos puta pnaka huling pinakita naka tres ang meralco, pina excite pa yung mga fans yun pala talo sila. Langya. 😂
Bitter Cube TV 

nice video editing… galeng
cyred ordeped 

umuulan xe kea ng.lalag ehehe
Rod Anthony Fabillar 

uminom ng kwatro kantos ang nag edit ng video.
joenell antiquina 

Anong edit yan?
Lance Damolo 

di Yan Ang nakikita ko sa mga highlights na in-upload Ng sports5..
Josh Palisoc 

RIP sa pag edit 😂😂
PerfectCloud GT 

ayusin niyo edit

Tim Cone on non-call on Sol Mercado’s travelling violation: "We have nothing to apologize for"

credits PBA media bureau

The fans and the players went crazy after the referees didn’t call a what could be a travelling violation on Sol Mercado.

The Meralco Bolts were trying to make a comeback and Ginebra were leading 87-81 when Sol Mercado got away with a travelling violation that resulted on a Scottie Thompson’s three pointer later on and push the lead up to 9 points, 90-81 with 44 seconds left in the game.

“We have nothing to apologize for” said Cone on non-call on Sol Mercado’s travelling violation.

“I bet so many bad calls, the last two conferences we were knocked out in what we consider bad calls. We have nothing to apologize for” said by the Ginebra mentor

Ginebra were knocked out by GlobalPort in the last Philippine Cup on a controversial win with multiple violation on the final possession of the Batang Pier that were not called by the referees.

“It’s part of the game, it happens” added by the 18 time champion coach.

Tim Cone also mentioned the non-call on Allen Durham’s push in the rebounding battle against Justin Brownlee.

“My caught there is a player earlier where, Durham got caught on a push on, an obvious push on Justin right in the back, Justin had the ball and put it back in and he push him right out of play, and I call a timeout” cited by Cone.

“That’s part of the game, anybody could complain about all they want” added by the american mentor.

1 win away from the crown as Ginebra outlasted Meralco in Game 5

8 year championship drought might end on Wednesday as Ginebra Gin Kings outlasted Meralco Bolts 92 – 81 and take a commanding 3 – 2 series advantage.

Ginebra started the game like a house on fire as they were able to establish a huge 21 point lead mid 2nd quarter.

But Meralco was able to cut the lead several times into a single digit in the third quarter and come in close distance to Ginebra.

The final quarter was a helter skelter as Meralco tried to make a huge comeback. They were able to reduce the lead into 5 points but a clutch 3 points from Sol Mercado and Scottie Thompson sealed the deal for Ginebra.

Meralco though had a big chance of inching closer but the referee failed to see the travelling violation made by Sol Mercado with a minute to go which Ginebra converted to a 3-point.


Ginebra was led by Justin Bronwlee and Japeth Aguilar with 29 points and 16 points while Meralco was led by Allen Durham and Reynel Hugnatan with 20 and 17 points respectively.

The scores:

GINEBRA 92 – Brownlee 29, Aguilar 16, Devance 11, Caguioa 8, Mercado 8, Tenorio 7, Thompson 5, Cruz 2.

MERALCO 81 – Durham 20, Hugnatan 17, Hodge 10, Newsome 10, Alapag 8, Uyloan 6, Al-Hussaini 4, Amer 4, Nabong 2, Caram 0, Faundo 0.

Quarterscores: 33-19, 54-39, 73-59, 92-81

Hugnatan hits The Dagger

Game 3 was a treat  to the PBA’s fans where it opened up with a scoring exchange from each teams’ import. Meralco’s Durham and GSM’s Brownlee both scored 20 each in the opening quarter. Durham points were made during the flow of offense but Brownlee had to make hard, challenged shots.
The game was action packed as both teams made runs of their own, there was a certain play where Jonathan Uyloan was called for a flagrant foul on Scottie Thompson, replays show that the GSM Rookie sold the call making a little flop so officials can notice. In the 3rd quarter we saw the return of Chris Ellis to the surprise of many as he was sidelined for games 1 and 2 due to a groin injury. He did provide instant offense as he started with a quick basket plus the foul. It seems that Tim Cone’s gamble on Ellis would pay off as Ginebra was getting a momentum shift but after a series of fast baskets from the Gin Kings, Meralco came back strong finishing the 3rd quarter with a three point shot from Alapag, followed  by a Newsome dunk as LA Tenorio beats the 3rd quarter buzzer and hits a runner. In the final quarter it was the Bolts three point shooting that carried the load for Meralco as Ginebra stayed with them with tenacious offensive rebounds and follow ups. But when you think the Gins Kings would make a comeback Jimmy Alapag hits clutch 3 point baskets one after the other as they extend their lead going in the final minutes of play. Reynel Hugnatan would provide a dagger 3 point with only 42.2 seconds left, although Justin Brownlee hits a 3 pointer from Steph Curry range to keep GSM’s hopes alive it would not be enough as Meralco takes Game 3 and a 2-1 series lead in the Finals.
The Bolts are just 2 wins away from their first ever PBA title, Ginebra hopes to bounce back as each team seems to win right after the other, it is crucial for them to recover and not fall 3 games to one as many would know the odds are not in favor to teams down 3-1. They must solve Meralco’s 3 point shooting and not let their defines be caught napping at open shooters.
While the Bolts prepares to build on this momentum and tries to secure a commanding lead come Game 4 .
This series has all the ingredients to be a classic.

Photo by Aldrin Alejo

Coach Tim suprised Sol Mercado with his defensive assignment just right before the start of Game 2

If you say import, he must be matched up against another import or a legit bigman in PBA. But in case of Ginebra, it was different.

After exploding for 46 points in Game 1, Allen Durham was contained for only 22 points in almost 41 minutes of playing time.

He was not guarded by Justin Brownlee (Import of Ginebra) or not even Japeth Aguilar. He was mainly guarded by the 6’0 feet tall Sol Mercado.

Sol gives away 6+ inches in terms of height but it seems that Durham was uncomfortable facing Sol as he shoot only 10 out of 24 shots.

But this defensive assignment was extremely suprising for Sol as he only knew it before the game.

“I was suprised actually, Coach Tim told me before the game that I’m going to guard Allen and I just took the challenge. From the beginning I started with Durham, just trying to get him out of his spots. I tried fronting him and run him out of the perimeter, he’s a good player”, Mercado said after they won 82 to 79 in Game 2 of the Finals.

Also Coach Tim Cone said that “You’ve gotta give the credit to Sol, He’s our MVP tonight.”

Ginebra fend off Meralco’s late rally to tie the series at 1 game apiece.

Ginebra collapsed late again but this time they survived a gritty Meralco Bolts, 82 to 79.


A late follow up by Sol Mercado saves Ginebra for being down 2 games in the ongoing PBA Finals. 

Ginebra build a 15 point lead midway of the 3rd quarter but Meralco made a hugh behind Cliff Hodge and Allen Durham’s heroics. They was able to take a 2 point lead with 2 minutes  left in the ball game but Justin Brownlee and Sol Mercado came to rescue.

Justin Brownlee finished the game with 32 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists while the Best Import of the Conference can only produce 22 points and 15 rebounds after exploding for 46 points in Game 1.

The virtual best of five will continue on Wednesday, 7pm at Araneta Coliseum.



Box Score:
GINEBRA 82 – Brownlee 32, Mercado 12, Caguioa 10, Tenorio 9, Thompson 9, Aguilar 6, Devance 2, Helterbrand 2, Cruz 0, Marcelo 0.

MERALCO 79 – Durham 22, Hodge 16, Newsome 10, Hugnatan 9, Nabong 6, Amer 4, Caram 4, Alapag 3, Uyloan 3, Faundo 2.

Quarterscores: 24-21, 43-44, 69-60, 82-79