Mark Cardona is the one player fans of other teams love to hate, and with good reason. He taunts the crowd after making a great play, he drinks in the boos (in fact, he seems to be energized by the booing), and then, to the consternation of his haters, he just goes out and destroys the other team.
Last night, Cardona was at his best — both as a scorer and a taunter — scoring 10 of his 22 points during a murderous 18-0 fourth-quarter run to help the Meralco Bolts wallop the B-Meg Llamados, 103-81, and take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three quarterfinal series.
The third-seeded Llamados had erased most of an early 23-point deficit to come within three, 80-77, on a Josh Urbiztondo fastbreak layup when Captain Hook just flat out took over. He scored on one of his patented floaters to stop the B-Meg run, assisted on a Mark Macapagal three, then buried another basket to hike Meralco's lead back up to double digits at 87-77.
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