LUCENA – Meralco shot much, much better this time, grappling with Barangay Ginebra's inimitable spirit on Friday evening before making a decision between 104 and 102 that won his best-of-seven series to the PBA Governors & # 39; Cup championship after two games at the crowded Quezon Convention Center here.
The Bolts took the lead by 17 points in the half-time and used the three-point shot with great effect to end the third phase so to speak and to strengthen confidence in the crucial game 3 Sunday in the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.
Meralco teamed up with a franchise Best 16 threesome with the sly guard Baser Amer, who made five when the Bolts survived several Ginebra rebellions in which the Gin Kings whirled back half by 63:46 fix at 70 in the last 2:30 of the third. "
“The bank really took us away. They weren't really there in the last game, ”said Meralco's coach Norman Black.
"It was a little scary in the last few minutes, but a win is a win," he added. "It gave us an opportunity to smooth the series and we'll move on to the next game."
It was a great way for the Bolts to recover from the defeat at the opening of the series on Tuesday, and the series that both coaches said would likely cover seven games seems to have predicted this Take the route.
Five locals were thrown in double digits to compensate for the somewhat cold offensive night by importing Allen Durham.
The best import candidate struggled to score only 21 points, but with 17 from Amer and Chris Newsome and 15 from Raymond Almazan, each with nine rebounds, Black had more than enough men to provide support ]
Justin Brownlee had his usual numbers with 35 points and 11 rebounds, while Stanley Pringle improved from his lethargic performance in Game 1 with 23 and 10.
Japeth Aguilar threw in 18 and LA Tenorio 10 in defeat when the kings practically caught up all night in a place where they had won five of their last six games before this one.
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