Meralco eliminates Ginebra, barges into PBA Philippine Cup semis

Meralco eliminates Ginebra, barges into PBA Philippine Cup semis

The Meralco Bolts beat Ginebra Gin Kings for a semifinal slot (Photo courtesy of Yahoo News)

By Tracy Cabrera

PASAY CITY, METRO MANILA — This time, Ginebra San Miguel failed to draw strength from its ‘do-or-die’ attitude as Meralco nailed a hard-earned 106-104 victory at the SM Mall of Asia in the Game 3 decider, barging in the process into the PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series.

The loss effectively booted out the Gin Kings while the Bolts advanced to the best-of-seven semifinals against the San Miguel Beermen who won recently over a gritty NLEX (North Luzon Express) squad that refused to go down so easily before absorbing the heartbreaking loss.

In trashing the crowd favorites, seven Bolts players finished in double figures with guard-forward Chris Newsome leading the way with a huge triple-double performance of 21 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, and 2 steals in 40 minutes of play.

Filipino-American Cliff Hodge added a solid double-double game of 13 points, a game-high 18 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal while Aaron Black, son of PBA Best Import Norman Black, finished with 17 points which included three 3-pointers along with 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal.

On the losing side, it was Ginebra’s flashy point guard Scottie Thompson who paced the Gin Kings with a game-high 26 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals, followed by Christian Standhardinger with a double-double performance of 23 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

The Scores:

Meralco 106 — Newsome 21 (10reb 12ast), Black 17 (3/6 3pts 4ast 3reb), Hodge 13 (18reb), Maliksi 12 (3ast), Quinto 11 (2reb), Almazan 11 (9reb), Pasaol 11 (2/4 3pts), Banchero 4, Jose 4 (3reb), Pascual 2

Ginebra 104 — Thompson 26 (6reb 3ast), Standhardinger 23 (10reb 4ast), J. Aguilar 21 (7reb 7/12 fg), Tenorio 12 (6ast 4/6 3pts 3/7 3pts), Pringle 12 (6ast), Pinto 6 (7reb 4ast), Chan 4 (4reb), Caperal 0, Onwubere 0, Mariano 0.

Quarters: 24-18, 55-42, 85-76, 106-104

(ai/mtvn)

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