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Meralco ties semis vs. SMB in Norman Black's return

In his dad's comeback, Aaron Black put up an impressive game for the Bolts. Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Norman Black's return turned out to be the needed boost for Meralco to get one back at San Miguel as the former prevailed, 99-88, in Game 2 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Despite a second-quarter storm from the Beermen on a rainy afternoon, the Bolts regained their form just in time to equalize their best-of-seven series at one game apiece.

Meralco sizzled in the first quarter, opening a 34-20 lead 12 minutes in.

However, SMB surged ahead in the second quarter and eventually took a 54-51 lead early in the third.

The Bolts finished the third period on a 6-0 run to retake the lead and held the Beermen to just 16 in the fourth to seal the victory.

Cliff Hodge made 17 points, 14 rebounds, one assist, one block, and one steal, while Aaron Black and Allein Maliksi each added 15 points for Meralco.

June Mar Fajardo put up 22 markers, 17 boards, three dimes, and two blocks for the Beermen.

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