PBA: Meralco pulls off come-from-behind, meets Alaska in semis


Posted at Nov 09 2018 09:36 PM | Updated as of Nov 09 2018 10:27 PM

(UPDATED) Meralco was all grit and tenacity in pulling off an improbable 108-103 overtime win to unseat a second-seeded Phoenix in the PBA Governors Cup on Friday night at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Bolts had to fight from 16 points down in the do-or-die quarterfinals match to eliminate the Fuel Masters and set a semifinal joust with the Alaska Aces.

Allen Durham had 32 points to go with his 21 rebounds and 9 assists to help Meralco overcome the Eugene Phelps-led Phoenix.

Baser Amer added 26 markers, firing 2 of their 5 three-pointers in the extra 5 minutes to complete the Bolts’ stunning comeback.

It was a sweet victory for Meralco, which saw its campaign sputter at the onset of the conference with a poor 1-6 record.

“What a hill we climbed to get into this point,” said Bolts coach Norman Black. "I’m really happy for my players.”

Phoenix was in command for 3 quarters until Meralco unleashed a telling 10-0 run that had the Fuel Masters reeling, 94-91.

Jason Perkins tied the count to send the game into overtime, but the Bolts took over in the extra 5 minutes.

“That was a crazy game, hats off to Phoenix they were a great team. But we came here to show it,” said Durham.

Perkins finished with 24 points, while Phelps had 18 points and 23 rebounds.

Box scores:

Meralco 108 - Durham 32, Amer 26, Newsome 19, Salva 8, Canaleta 7, Hugnatan 6, Faundo 4, Dillinger 2, Caram 2, Tolomia 2.

Phoenix 103 - Perkins 24, Wright 20, Phelps 18, Chua 13, Abueva 10, Intal 10, Wilson 5, Revilla 2, Jazul 1, Kramer 0.

Quarters: 22-27, 40-50, 70-68, 94-94, 108-103.

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