The Meralco Bolts made a huge second half comeback to steal the final twice-to-beat ticket from the Mahindra Enforcer, 104-99, in their PBA Governors’ Cup playoff for No.4 seed on Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Jared Dillinger was instrumental in Meralco’s climb from a 16-point deficit, scoring 22 points fueled by four triples and leading a fourth quarter rally that helped Meralco nail the victory.
Import Allen Durham top-scored for the Bolts with 34 points. Baser Amer added 16 points and four assists, while Chris Newsome likewise had a huge contribution of 12 points and eight assists.
With the win, the Bolts only need one more win to advance to the semifinals. They will face again the Enforcer, who slid to No.5 after emerging as an early league leader, in the quarterfinals proper.
The Final Boxscore Result:
Meralco 104 — Durham 34, Dillinger 22, Amer 16, Faundo 7, Hodge 4, Hugnatan 4, Al-Hussaini 2, Nabong 2, Alapag 1, Uyloan 0.
Mahindra 99 — White 22, Ramos 20, Taha 16, Canaleta 10, Revilla 10, Yee 10, Ballesteros 6, Digregorio 5, Agovida 0, Bagatsing 0, Guinto 0, Jaime 0, Paniamogan 0.
Quarters: 26-29; 41-53; 69-71; 104-99.