Mercalco subdues Ginebra, regains lead in finals series

The Meralco Bolts held the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings in a tight Game Three to triumph, 107-103, to regain the series lead (2-1) in their finals showdown for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors Cup crown last Wednesday night (October 12, Manila time) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Reynel Hugnatan drained three triples in the end game and helped the Bolts to lead series. (Photo courtesy: philstar.com)

Reynel Hugnatan drained three triples in the end game and helped the Bolts to lead series. (Photo courtesy: philstar.com)

Reynel Hugnatan, Jimmy Alapag and Chris Newsome hit timely shots to keep the Kings at bay while import Allen Durham bounced back from a sub-par performance in Game Two.

Hugnatan scored 17 points more crucial was hitting three consecutive three-pointers in the waning moments of the game to withstand the onslaught of Ginebra’s reinforcement Justin Brownlee, who tallied a game high 42 points, capping with a long shot from beyond the arc.

Alapag added 18 markers as he was also on mark from long distance preventing the Kings to break the game wide open in the opening minutes of the final canto.

Durham scored 36 points, 20 rebounds while rookie Newsome continues his stellar showing in the conference tallying 22 points, seven assists and three rebounds.

Ginebra , on the other hand, got little support from the locals as they fell behind by seven points in the last minutes of the game.

The Kings stayed within striking distance after Brownlee attempted a way beyond the arc three-pointer off a timeout with 11.2 seconds left cutting the Meralco deficit to just two.  Durham iced the game with two charities for the final tally.

 

The scores:

MERALCO 107 – Durham 36, Newsome 22, Alapag 18, Hugnatan 17, Hodge 6, Faundo 4, Uyloan 3, Amer 1, Al-Hussaini 0, Nabong 0.

GINEBRA 103 – Brownlee 42, Tenorio 14, Aguilar 12, Thompson 10, Cruz 6, Mariano 6, Devance 5, Mercado 4, Ellis 2, Marcelo 2, Caguioa 0.

Quarterscores: 18-20, 48-44, 71-69, 107-103.

 

Game highlights:

 

 

Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris’ follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80’s and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Global Basketball is Aris’ second writing assignment besides Asia-basket.com. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.

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