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

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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