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Ginebra banks on Q4 storm to tie QF series vs. Meralco

Japeth Aguilar was once again solid on both ends of the court for the Gin Kings. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

SAN JUAN, MM--Ginebra bounced back mightily from an ugly third quarter and surged ahead in the final frame to clip Meralco, 94-87, in Game 2 of their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal series on Friday at the FilOil EcoOil Centre.

Appeared to be smooth sailing to the series equalizer after erupting for 31 points in the second quarter for a 56-45 halftime lead, the Gin Kings returned after the intermission struggling as the Bolts held them to just 13 in the third period even as the latter took a 71-69 lead entering the fourth.

Ginebra recovered just in time as the team outscored Meralco, 25-16, in the payoff frame to finally secure the victory.

Japeth Aguilar fired 25 points with eight rebounds and five blocks for the Gin Kings, who sent their best-of-three series against the Bolts to sudden death Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

Christian Standhardinger added 15 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, and one steal.

Cliff Hodge fired a conference-high 25 points with two rebounds, five assists, and two steals for the Bolts.

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