Ginebra edges Meralco to zero in on finals return

Ginebra edges Meralco to zero in on finals return

Stanley Pringle waxed hot anew for the Barangay. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Ginebra banked on a hot start to drub Meralco, 91-84, in Game 3 of their PBA semifinal series at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center on Sunday night.

The Barangay outscored the Bolts, 27-12, in the first quarter and kept the double-digit advantage for most of the game.

Meralco still tried to mount a comeback, but the team could only cut the lead to as low as six points as time ran out for them.

Stanley Pringle put up 24 points on 10-of-20 shooting, nine rebounds, and six assists for Ginebra, which retook the lead in the best-of-five series and moved to within a win from its second straight finals appearance.

Prince Caperal added 15 points, six rebounds, and one block off the bench.

Japeth Aguilar put up a double-double of 13 rebounds and 12 points with four blocks and one steal.

Allein Maliksi fired six three-pointers for 23 points with one assist and one steal for Meralco, which needs to win in Game 4 of the series on Wednesday night to keep its title hopes alive.

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