PBA Finals: Meralco hits record 16 triples to tie series vs. Ginebra

Paul Lintag on Jan 10, 2020 09:39 PM
PBA Finals: Meralco hits record 16 triples to tie series
Making a Finals franchise-high 16 triples, Meralco has forced a 1-1 deadlock in the best-of-7 showdown. (PBA)

LUCENA — Meralco issues an electrifying answer here to tie the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.

The Bolts lit it up from deep Friday, scoring a crucial 103-101 win over Barangay Ginebra at the Quezon Convention Center.

Making a Finals franchise-high 16 triples, Meralco has forced a 1-1 deadlock in the best-of-7 showdown.

John Pinto started the three-point party for the Bolts, hitting four in the opening period. Baser Amer got his big game, firing two crucial treys in the fourth to help hold off the Gin Kings, the last one putting them up 10 with 2:13 to go.

Ginebra cut that deficit to two with 3.1 seconds left after clutch triples from Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio but Meralco ran a simple play to waste away the time and hold on for the victory.

Allen Durham finished with 21 points and 18 rebounds to lead Meralco while Baser Amer and Chris Newsome added 17 each.

Raymond Almazan was good for 15 points. John Pinto and Nico Salva were quality guys off the bench, adding 12 and nine points respectively.

Justin Brownlee hit a game-high 35 points in the loss. Stanley Pringle was Ginebra’s top local with 23 points.

Game 3 will be back at the Big Dome Sunday.

 

The Scores:

Meralco 104 - Durham 21, Amer 17, Newsome 17, Almazan 15, Pinto 12, Salva 9, Caram 5, Quinto 5, Faundo 3, Hodge 0, Hugnatan 0, Maliksi 0.

Ginebra 102 - Brownlee 35, Pringle 23, Aguilar 18, Tenorio 10, Slaughter 6, Thompson 4, Caguioa 4, Mariano 2, Devance 0, Caperal 0, Dela Cruz 0.

Quarterscores: 36-21, 63-46, 82-76, 104-102.

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