Meralco ties semis vs. Ginebra

Meralco ties semis vs. Ginebra

MANILA – Meralco equalized its Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) semifinal series against Ginebra through a 95-77 Game 2 win on Friday night at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center.

The Bolts outscored the Barangay, 53-27, in the final 24 minutes to turn a 42-50 halftime deficit into an 18-point rout.

Chris Newsome led Meralco with 16 points, four rebounds, six assists, and one steal, to tie the best-of-five series against Ginebra at one game apiece.

Bong Quinto and Allein Maliksi each added 14 points.

Cliff Hodge had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds with one assist and two steals, while Raymond Almazan also put up a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds with one assist.

Japeth Aguilar made 17 points, eight rebounds, and two assists for Ginebra.

Box Scores:
Meralco 95-Newsome 16, Quinto 14, Maliksi 14, Hodge 12, Almazan 11, Amer 10, Hugnatan 9, Pinto 3, Black 2, Caram 2, Jamito 2, Faundo 0, Jose 0, Salva 0

Ginebra 77-J. Aguilar 17, Tenorio 16, Thompson 10, Pringle 9, Tolentino 9, Caperal 6, Mariano 4, Salado 4, Caguioa 2, Dela Cruz 0, Devance 0, Dillinger 0, Balanza 0

Quarterscores: 23-27, 42-50, 65-61, 95-77 (PNA)

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