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Meralco Bolts Takes Game 4, Forces Do-or-Die in PBA Philippine Cup Semis

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Meralco Bolts stayed alive in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals following a come-from-behind 83-80 win over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings in Game 4 on Wednesday night at the AUF Sports Arena & Cultural Center in Pampanga.

Down 79-80, Reynel Hugnatan surged the Bolts ahead at 81-80 with a two-pointer with 15 seconds left. After a block by Bolts’ Raymond Almazan on Kings’ Stanley Pringle, Chris Newsome widened Meralco’s lead to 83-80 with a layup.

Hugnatan finished the match with 19 points, while Newsome and Clifford Hodge contributed 16 markers apiece as the Bolts levelled the best-of-five semifinals series at 2-2.

The Bolts set the tone on offense early behind Hodge and Newsome for a 26-21 advantage. The lead grew further for Meralco in the second period as it reached 44-31 at the half.

The Kings, however, responded with a huge rally in the third canto behind LA Tenorio and Jared Dillinger to seize a 64-60 edge but the Bolts made it close in the fourth and even took a 79-76 edge on a triple by Hugnatan and twinner by Newsome.

Pringle tallied 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists, Dillinger added 15 markers, while Earl Scottie Thompson added 13 markers and nine rebounds for the Kings.

BOX SCORE:

MERALCO 83 – Hugnatan 19, Hodge 16, Newsome 16, Almazan 11, Maliksi 8, Amer 4, Pinto 3, Black 2, Quinto 2, Jamito 2, Jackson 0, Caram 0.

GINEBRA 80 – Pringle 18, Dillinger 15, Thompson 13, J. Aguilar 12, Tenorio 8, Caperal 8, Mariano 6, Devance 0, Tolentino 0.

Quarterscores: 26-21, 44-31, 60-64, 83-80.