JOSH Davis’ phone got stolen the last time he was at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Now, the Meralco import stole a victory from Globalport in his return to the venue in Pasay.
Davis hit the game-winner on a floater to lift the Bolts to a pulsating 86-84 victory over the Batang Pier that sustained their sizzling start in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday.
Davis fired a game-high 33 points, none more important than the tough buzzer-beating running jumper off the inbound that negated Ronjay Buenafe’s potential overtime-sending triple in the previous play for the Batang Pier.
The result kept the pacesetting Bolts unbeaten after five starts, while dropping the Batang Pier to a 2-3 win-loss card.
“They didn’t give up and kept fighting ‘til the very end…but our defense held up in the end, and, of course, Josh was the hero,” Bolts coach Norman Black said.
Davis formed a lethal one-two punch with top local Gary David, who pumped in 13 of his 22 points in the final frame to keep the Batang Pier at bay.
New Globalport reinforcement Calvin Warner was impressive in his debut with 24 points, 16 rebounds, two blocks, and two assists in 45 minutes, and gave the Batang Pier their last taste of the lead at 81-80 following a three-point play only to prove insufficient.
Buenafe, a former Meralco stalwart, was a villain for the Bolts this time as he buried a three-pointer from the right wing off his own miss in the same possession to knot the count at 81.
But that only set the stage for Davis heroics.
Globalport was actually poised to put an end to the Bolts’ surprising winning streak as they held a 76-72 lead after Denok Miranda hit two charities with less than four minutes left, only to fall short down the stretch.
MERALCO 86 – Davis 33, David 22, Cortez 10, Wilson 8, Anthony 8, Reyes 3 , Hugnatan 2, Atkins 0, Hodge 0, Ildefonso 0, Buenafe 0, Sena 0, Dillinger 0, Macapagal 0, Ferriols 0
GLOBALPORT 84 – Warner 24, Romeo 14, Ponferada 10, Miranda 9, Buenafe 9, Pringle 6, Semerad 6, Isip 6, Taha 0, Caperal 0, Pinto 0, Nabong 0, Baclao 0, Jensen 0, De Ocampo 0
Quarterscores: 20-15, 38-31, 59-58, 86-84