Meralco forward Cliff Hodge named PBA Player of the Week

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Meralco’s energetic forward Cliff Hodge was named the PBA Player of the Week after his inspiring play last week that led the Bolts into the semifinals of the PBA Philippine Cup.

Throughout his career, Hodge has earned a reputation of someone who always poured everything on the floor for Meralco, literally and figuratively, as the team’s tireless motor.

And while his contributions may not reflect on the stat sheet at times, the bruising forward has provided unparalleled impact for the Bolts.

In the do-or-die Game 3 of the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, Hodge was at it again and rose to the occasion as Meralco finally got over the hump and exorcised its agonizing ghost in Barangay Ginebra.

Hodge dropped 13 points, 18 rebounds, and two assists including the crucial offensive foul he drew on reigning MVP Scottie Thompson in the end game, allowing the Bolts to hang on for a dramatic 106-104 victory and barge in the best-of-seven semifinals series.

The numbers and huge role the 6-foot-4 forward played in the highly-emotional best-of-three series earned him the Player of the Week citation for the period July 27-31 to end the quarterfinals.

In a two-game span, the 10-year veteran averaged a double-double of 19.0 points and 10.0 rebounds, laced with 3.5 assists to serve as the Bolts’ unheralded spark plug in the Bolts’ first ever playoffs series win over their archrivals.

Until the breakthrough win, Meralco is 0-5 against Ginebra in the playoffs, including 0-4 in the finals.

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