Meralco ends San Miguel’s PBA Philippine Cup reign

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THE Meralco Bolts emphatically ended the incredible five-year PBA Philippine Cup reign of San Miguel as they thwarted the Beermen, 90-68, in their knockout match in the quarterfinals on Sunday at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena in Pampanga.

With the win, the Bolts became just the 16th team in league history to overcome a twice-to-beat disadvantage. The victory also set a semifinal showdown with the top-seeded Barangay Ginebra, which starts on November 18.

With momentum on their side after their 78-71 last Friday, the Bolts stepped on the gas pedal early and zoomed off to a 21-11 lead after the first quarter before settling on a 43-31 halftime lead.

Marcio Lassiter’s hot shooting from beyond the arc pulled San Miguel to within six, 37-43 but the Bolts kept their composure and eventually pushed their lead to 25, 75-50, heading to the last canto. Meralco’s lead went as high as 28 points as they kept their pressure on until the final buzzer.

Cliff Hodge and Baser Amer led Meralco’s balanced attack with 14 points each while the ageless Reynel Hugnatan added 12 markers and eight rebounds. Allein Maliksi came off the bench and scored in double-figures with 11 markers.

Mo Tautuaa and Lassiter scored 20 points apiece for San Miguel. (JNP)