PBA Govs Cup Finals Game 2: Meralco edges Ginebra in Lucena thriller

The Meralco Bolts escaped disaster late to nip Barangay Ginebra, 104-102 in Game 2 of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Friday at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.

Allen Durham put up 21 points, 18 rebounds, and 6 assists, and had clutch baskets inside of the final minute to carry Meralco to victory.

LA Tenorio of Barangay Ginebra is defended by Baser Amer of the Meralco Bolts (PBA Images)
LA Tenorio of Barangay Ginebra is defended by Baser Amer of the Meralco Bolts (PBA Images)

Raymond Almazan picked up from where he left off in Game 1, scoring 17 points on 7/12 shooting. Baser Amer finished with 17 markers as well, providing the spark for the Bolts.

Coach Norman Black’s wards had a 29-12 disparity in bench points, as Nard Pinto rifled in 12 points while Nico Salva added 9.

The Bolts went up 36-21 after the opening quarter, seizing control and setting the pace for the rest of the game.

But Ginebra bounced back, outscoring their counterparts 30-19 in the 3rd to set up an intense battle in the 4th frame.

But key shots from Meralco’s locals kept Ginebra in catch-up mode.

Durham sank a bucket with 14 seconds left to make it 103-96.

Justin Brownlee then hit a triple to pull Ginebra closer, 103-99.

Durham then split from the free throw line, before LA Tenorio hit another 3 although time ran out as Meralco settled for the 2-point win.

Brownlee had 35 points to lead Ginebra once again, while Stanley Pringle added 23 markers, 10 boards, and 4 dimes.

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