NIÑO Canaleta found a consolation for himself as Meralco lost its second straight game in the PBA Philippine Cup with a 103-98 decision at the hands of Alaska on Wednesday night.
The veteran stretch forward joined the league’s 5,000-point club after knocking down a late three-pointer in the fourth quarter.
The 13-year journeyman, who turns 36 next month, became the 87th member of the elite-scoring group, 83rd among locals, and 19th among active players, according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.
The scoring milestone underlined his development from just an athletic cager who won the Slam Dunk contest five times to a deadly shooter who can be a final piece of the puzzle to championship-contending teams like the Bolts.
Canaleta flashed his range against the Aces by burying three triples on the way to scoring 16 points, on top of 10 rebounds, and two assists, against two turnovers in 30 minutes as a starter in a losing effort.