After being down by a solitary point at half-time, the Bolts took advantage of the fatigue factor by blitzing the Tigers at the start of the second half. The Tigers were playing in back to back nights after eliminating the Red Bull Barako last night. Meralco outscored Powerade 25-15 in the 3rd period to built a 9-point cushion going to the final 12 minutes of the game. Meralco Import Mario West negated the explosive performance of Powerade counterpart Omar Sneed by scoring 26 points. Sneed finished with a double-double by scoring 29 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. From a 63-76 deficit, the Tigers were able tighten up the score at 86-90 after Sneed hit a three-point shot with 1:32 left in the game. Mario West, however, scored in the other end to bring back the lead to 6 at 92-86 in favor of the Bolts. A miss by Sneed at the next possession sealed Powerade’s fate as Mac Cardona scored the final basket in the game for the final count.
The loss ended the season of Powerade who had a magical run in this season’s All-Filipino Cup. They finished 2nd to the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in the first conference but they failed to advance in the final 2 conferences of the year. Gary David was a revelation this year as he was practically on fire all throughout the season. Top pick Jayvee Casio will be a fixture at PG in the years to come. Powerade traded explosive rookie Marcio Lassiter before the Governor’s Cup started. It was a challenging season for the team management as rumors were spread the team is for sale. Coach Bo Perasol has been offered to coach the Ateneo Blue Eagles. It will be an interesting offseason for the Tigers. If they will still remain next year, they will have a good young core composed of Casio, Sean Anthony, James Martinez, Rey Guevarra, and Rabeh Al-Husseinei.
As for Meralco (4-5), they will join early qualifiers Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (8-1), B-Meg Llamados (6-3), Talk ‘N Text (5-4), Barangay Ginebra Kings (5-4), and Petron Blaze Boosters (5-4). The teams will carry over their elimination round records in the semifinals. They will play each other once and top 2 teams will battle for the championship. If a team wins 4 of its 5 semifinal matches yet fail to land in the top 2, they will play the No.2 team in a knockout match for the second finals slot. This incentive means that teams at the bottom of the standings will have a chance to catch up and the set-up assures that there will be no “no-bearing” games in the semis.
Meralco 94 – West 26, Cardona 24, Hugnatan 14, Mercado 10, Reyes 6, Taulava 6, Macapagal 4, Ross 2, Artadi 2, Bulawan 0.
Powerade 86 – Sneed 29, David 22, Casio 9, Salvador 7, Anthony 6, Guevarra 4, Tugade 4, Adducul 3, Belasco 2, Martinez 0, Lingganay 0, Vanlandingham 0.
Quarter scoring: 18-25, 44-45, 69-60, 94-86
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