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Meralco ends SMB's PH Cup dynasty, enters semis

Baser Amer led Meralco's balanced attack to end San Miguel's dynasty. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--A dynasty has just been shattered.

San Miguel's five-year reign as PBA Philippine Cup champion came to an end on Sunday night when Meralco completely overcame a twice-to-win quarterfinal handicap through a 90-68 blowout at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center.

The Bolts clobbered the Beermen early on, holding them to just 11 first quarter points and quickly opening a double-digit spread that would balloon to as high as 28 points.

Meralco pulled away for good after dropping 32 third quarter points.

Cliff Hodge and Baser Amer each made 14 points for the Bolts, who made the Philippine Cup semifinals for the first time ever.

They will next play Barangay Ginebra in the semifinals, a rematch of last year's Governors' Cup Finals.

Mo Tautuaa and Marcio Lassiter each made 20 markers for the Beermen, who dearly missed June Mar Fajardo all bubble season long and Terrence Romeo the rest of the way.

Box Scores:

Meralco 90-Hodge 14, Amer 14, Hugnatan 12, Maliksi 11, Quinto 9, Newsome 9, Black 9, Almazan 8, Jamito 2, Jackson 2, Jose 0, Salva 0, Pinto 0, Caram 0 

San Miguel 68-Tautuaa 20, Lassiter 20, Santos 10, Ross 7, Cabagnot 6, Zamar 3, Alolino 2, Gamalinda 0, Escoto 0, Pessumal 0, Alolino 0

Quarterscores: 21-11, 43-31, 75-50, 90-68

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