Bolts get back at Ginebra in the PH Arena to stay alive in the All-Filipino
Paul Lintag on Feb 18, 2018 09:17 PM
Jason Ballesteros is the hero for Meralco as the Bolts stay alive in the Philippine Cup.
BOCAUE, Bulacan --- Meralco and Ginebra delivered another classic at the Philippine Arena here.
However, unlike Game 7 of the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals, it was the Bolts that took a crucial win Sunday, walking away with an 84-82 win to stay alive in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.
Jason Ballesteros played hero for Meralco, scoring the go-ahead putback in the final 36 seconds after Chris Newsome and Reynel Hugnatan failed to find the bottom of the net for the Bolts.
He also secured a crucial rebound on the other end and drilled one of two free throws with 17 seconds to go to help Meralco pull through. Japeth Aguilar missed a game-winning triple for the Gin Kings to end the contest.
"It's just great effort from the guys just knowing the circumstances that had we lost today, we're out of the tournament," head coach Norman Black said.
"The guys just came out there and played to get the win," he added.
Coming out of nowhere, Ballesteros played 31 minutes and finished with seven points and a career-high 17 rebounds for Meralco.
Meanwhile, Garvo Lanete led the Bolts in scoring with 19 points and Anjo Caram dropped 16, also a career high. Hugnatan and Newsome drilled 12 points apiece for the Bolts who are now tied with TNT and Blackwater for 9th place with identical 4-6 records.
As for Ginebra, the Gin Kings failed to punch their ticket to the playoffs and are currently stuck in 6th place with a 5-5 mark.
Japeth Aguilar led the way for the barangay with 20 points while Scottie Thompson added 17 and 13 rebounds.
MERALCO 84 — Lanete 19, Caram 16, Hugnatan 12, Newsome 12, Ballesteros 7, Salva 5, Amer 4, Bono 4, Canaleta 3, Faundo 2, Sedurifa 0, Tolomia 0.
GINEBRA 82 — Aguilar 20, Thompson 17, Slaughter 12, Mercado 10, Caguioa 6, Cruz 5, Tenorio 5, Devance 4, Mariano 3, Ferrer 0, Manuel 0.
Quarters: 15-20, 45-38, 67-64, 84-82.
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