MANILA, Philippines—With management of the collection at stake, Meralco hit one powerful shot after one other down the stretch whereas making all the required stops on the opposite finish to repulse Barangay Ginebra, 83-74, Sunday night time at Mall of Asia Arena.
The Bolts rode the recent fingers of import Tony Bishop Jr., Chris Newsome, and Allein Maliksi within the payoff body after which turned to the indefatigable Cliff Hodge on protection to take management of this best-of-seven collection, 2-1.
The Panamanian standout wound up with 30 factors and 16 rebounds whereas Newsome 20 and 11 spiked with six assists in a hard-fought contest that noticed the Bolts battling again from 13 factors down.
Maliksi, who was held scoreless in Game 2, scored seven of his 10 factors additionally within the fourth interval.
Justin Brownlee had 19 factors, whereas Christian Standhardinger chipped in 17 extra for Barangay Ginebra who continued to overlook Japeth Aguilar.
The Gin Kings additionally drew 11 factors from LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson however had been unable to tab the victory earlier than a PBA pandemic report of 16,104.
The collection now returns to the cavernous Smart Araneta Coliseum, the place Meralco shoots for commanding management of the collection.
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