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Meralco Topples SMB; Keeps Playoff Dreams Alive

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When it rains, it pours.

Last year’s Governors’ Cup runners-up Meralco Bolts kept its season alive as it used a huge second half surge to upset the San Miguel Beermen, 111-81, at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.

Trailing by five points at the half, 44-49, the Bolts outscored the Beermen by a whopping 35 points, 67-32 in the second half as three pointers, lay-ups and free throws rained.

Behind import Allen Durham’s hulkish third quarter, Meralco turned the tides and turned San Miguel’s once 14-point second quarter lead to a 12-point third quarter lead, 78-66.

The Beermen tried to inch in closer at the start of the fourth quarter by producing a 4-0 mini run to cut the lead to just eight, 70-78, but Meralco countered with a humongous 33-11 run to finish the game, behind a flurry of back-breaking three pointers by Reynel Hugnatan and Baser Amer.

Durham stuffed the stat sheet as usual, producing a monster near triple-double with 35 points, 26 rebounds and seven assists. Birthday boy Hugnatan enjoyed a productive 19 point-six rebound outing.

Import Kevin Murphy had 32 points and ten rebounds for San Miguel. He had little help from the locals, as only Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos finished in double digits in scoring with 16 and 11, respectively.

Reigning most valuable player June Mar Fajardo was held to just a point and five rebounds, with five fouls. (Benjamin Rae Espino)