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Meralco blasts off in 2nd half to tie semis vs. Ginebra

Chris Newsome continues to be the spark of the Bolts' dominance. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Meralco turned things around in the second half to hand Ginebra a 95-77 beating in Game 2 of their PBA semifinals at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center on Friday night.

The Bolts outscored the Barangay, 53-27, in the final 24 minutes to turn a 42-50 halftime deficit to an 18-point rout.

Chris Newsome led Meralco, which tied the best-of-five series against Ginebra at one game apiece, with 16 points, four rebounds, six assists, and one steal.

Bong Quinto and Allein Maliksi each added 14 points.

Cliff Hodge had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds with one assist and two steals, while Raymond Almazan also put up a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds with one assist.

Japeth Aguilar made 17 points, eight rebounds, and two assists for Ginebra.

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