Meralco blasts Ginebra to take solo third, clinch QF spot

Allen Durham outplayed Justin Brownlee. PBA Media Group
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Meralco claimed solo third place in the PBA Governors' Cup after zapping Ginebra, 101-77, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.

The Bolts went off to a blistering start, quickly opening a double-digit lead and holding the Barangay to just 15 first quarter points.

Meralco's outburst continued in the second quarter with a 27-17 scoreline to up its lead to 21 and never looked back, even stretching its lead to 28 before settling for the 24-point win.

Allen Durham put up 39 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and one block for the Bolts, who formally booked a seat in the quarterfinals after moving up to 6-2.

Bong Quinto added 13 points, five rebounds, and two assists.

Justin Brownlee, who is averaging a triple-double entering Sunday night, was held to 18 points, seven rebounds, and three assists with one steal as the Barangay fell to a tie with the San Miguel for fourth place at 5-3.

The scores:

Meralco 101 - Durham 39, Quinto 13, Newsome 11, Almazan 10, Amer 8, Caram 5, Pinto 5, Faundo 4, Hodge 2, Maliksi 2, Jackson 2, Salva 0, Jose 0, Jamito 0.

Ginebra 77 - Brownlee 18, Tenorio 12, Pringle 8, Aguilar 8, Mariano 7, Thompson 6, Dela Cruz 6, Slaughter 5, Caguioa 4, Caperal 2, Sargent 1, Chan 0.

Quarterscores: 26-15, 53-32, 77-53, 101-77

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