Bolts strike back, level series with Gin Kings at 1-1

In a thrilling turnaround from their setback in the series opener, Meralco staged a remarkable comeback to defeat Brgy. Ginebra with a score of 103-91 in Game 2 of their PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinal clash at the MOA Arena in Pasay City on Sunday night.

Showing impressive poise and composure, the Bolts displayed a renewed determination following their narrow loss in the previous game. Despite squandering a 13-point lead at halftime, they rallied together to secure a crucial victory and level the series.

Game Two saw the Bolts rise to the occasion, withstanding the Kings’ second-half surge and launching a decisive run of their own down the stretch to avoid a daunting 0-2 deficit.

Standout performances from players like Newsome, Maliksi, Hodge, and Banchero were instrumental in the Bolts’ success, as they effectively countered Standhardinger’s impressive 41-point outing for the Kings.

Maliksi led the scoring with 25 points, complemented by Newsome’s 20-point contribution, Hodge’s double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Banchero’s all-around effort with 11 points and eight rebounds.

The pivotal moment came when the Bolts, trailing 79-80, mounted a crucial run to secure a commanding lead and ultimately seal a 12-point victory.

Taking control early on, Meralco built a substantial lead of 55-42 at halftime, fueled by a stellar offensive display marked by a 52-percent shooting efficiency. The contributions of the bench players, including Mendoza, Caram, Quinto, Pascual, and Bates, proved crucial in outscoring their Ginebra counterparts.

Despite facing a brief scare as Ginebra surged ahead in the third quarter, the Bolts remained resolute and resilient, ultimately emerging victorious in a hard-fought battle.

With their impressive performance in Game Two, Meralco has effectively reset the series, setting the stage for an intense and competitive showdown in the upcoming games.

The scores:

Meralco 103 – Maliksi 25, Newsome 20, Hodge 13, Banchero 11, Almazan 7, Quinto 7, Mendoza 6, bates 6, Pascual 5, Caram 3, Rios 0, Torres 0.

Brgy. Ginebra 91 – Standhardinger 41, Ahanmisi 14, Pringle 13, j.Aguilar 7, Thommpson 6, Cu 6, Onwubere 3, Tenorio 1, David 0, Pinto 0, Murrell 0.

Quarterscores: 32-27, 55-42, 73-74, 103-91.

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