The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings put together an impressive performance against league-leading Meralco as they whipped the Bolts, 103-90, to keep their hopes of clinching the twice-to-beat advantage for the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals alive on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Ginebra led by as many 22 points and their defense shut down Meralco import Arinze Onuaku as they finished their elimination round campaign at 7-4. That means the Kings still have a chance to finish in the top two, if the San Miguel Beermen (7-3) lose to Tropang TNT (6-4) and Alaska (6-4) drops their final assignment to NLEX.
Meralco, which had previously clinched one of the twice-to-beat incentives, will head into the playoffs with an 8-3 mark.
Ginebra jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter, where Tenorio scored 11 of his points. They led, 27-14, after the opening period. Slaughter then had a big second quarter as the Kings took a 51-37 lead into the halftime break with the 7-foot center already scoring 15 points and the veteran point guard adding 13.
The Kings then had a big third quarter, going on an 8-0 run to take a whopping 22-point lead, 67-45.
The Final Boxscore Result:| Ginebra vs Meralco 2016 replay
GINEBRA 103 – Slaughter 21, Tenorio 20, Caguioa 16, Aguilar 14, Jeffers 11, Ellis 10, Marcelo 4, Thompson 3, Mercado 2, Devance 2, Helterbrand 0, Cruz 0.
MERALCO 90 – Newsome 23, Dillinger 17, Hodge 13, Hugnatan 11, Onuaku 10, Caram 5, FAundo 4, Buenafe Ro 3, Amer 2, Ferriols 2, Alapag 0, Bono 0, Buenafe Ry 0.
Quarters: 27-14, 51-39, 80-66, 103-90