MANILA, Philippines—Meralco finally ended its long playoff misery against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel after hanging on for a 106-104 win on Sunday to reach the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at the Mall of Asia Arena.
A gutsy three by center Raymond Almazanwith exactly a minute to go proved to be the difference as the Bolts showed poise despite squandering a 21-point third quarter to finally beat the crowd favorites in a series after six failed tries.
Cliff Hodge drew an offensive foul on Scottie Thompson and made Stanley Pringle decide to go for a stepback jumper from 21 feet that hit the front rim to seal the win as Meralco celebrated the momentous occasion.
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