Reynel Hugnatan stretches his game and earns PBA Player of the Week accolade
Reynel Hugnatan averaged 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in Meralco's last two wins over TNT. Jaime Campos 

REYNEL Hugnatan has always been known for his mid-range game and excellent footwork at the post.

But in Game Three of Meralco’s PBA Governors Cup best-of-five semifinal series against top seed TNT, the 6-foot-4 veteran forward unveiled a new trick, his deadly shooting from the three-point zone.

The ninth overall pick in the 2003 PBA Draft went 5-of-6 from the arc, including two crucial shots from the corner during a dizzying 15-6 run to lead the Bolts to a stunning 119-113 win against the Katropa on Saturday.

It was the second straight win for Meralco in three days as the Bolts grabbed a surprise 2-1 series lead, leaving TNT on the brink of elimination.

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Meralco will try to finish off TNT on Monday night with a win in Game Four to book a first-ever finals trip in franchise history.

The 37-year-old Hugnatan averaged 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the team’s back-to-back wins in the semifinals to earn the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of Sept. 26 to Oct. 2.

“He’s (Hugnatan) actually a pretty good three-point shooter, but I didn’t know that till I started putting the big men through some three-point shooting drills and he’ll end up no. 1 everyday,” Black said of his evergreen power forward.

“But he was given the green light to shoot when he’s open.  The only thing I asked him is that he takes the three-point shot from the top of the key, but he made a lot from the side (in Game Three),” he added.

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Hugnatan, a 13-year PBA veteran beat Meralco teammate and rookie wingman Chris Newsome, San Miguel Beer gunner Marcio Lassiter and Barangay Ginebra big man Japeth Aguilar for the weekly citation.



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