Meralco stuns San Miguel Beer to earn No. 1 seed in playoffs
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Meralco's revenge tour has earned them the No. 1 overall seed for the 2017 Governors' Cup.
The Bolts completed a stunning comeback against San Miguel, scoring a pulsating 104-101 victory Sunday at the Big Dome.
With a 9-2 record, Meralco is No. 1 entering the playoffs for the Bryan Trottier Womens Jersey first time in franchise history, taking a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals against No. 8 Blackwater.
Down by as many as 18 in the second half, the Bolts had to claw their way back in the game behind the herculean effort of reigning Best Import Allen Durham.
Durham fired 25 points in the second half, 14 in the fourth, including two go-ahead layups late in the game.
The first was a driving conversion over Terrence Watson and June Mar Fajardo that gave http://www.officialislandersproshop.com/Brock_Nelson_Jersey Meralco a 100-98 lead with 58.3 seconds to go. After Chris Ross responded with a booming three to regain the lead for the Beermen, Durham grabbed the rebound from his own miss before scoring a putback as the Bolts took a 102-101 advantage in the final 27.9 seconds.
Reigning PBA Rookie of the Year Chris Newsome showed that he is already in playoff mode after tallying all-around numbers in Meralco's last two games to help the Bolts seal the top seed in the PBA Governors' Cup playoffs.
Newsome averaged 21 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.0 steal in their past two games to tow Meralco past GlobalPort and Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel, as the Bolts ended the elimination round with a 9-2 win-loss record.
He was superb in Meralco's 100-93 win over GlobalPort, tallying 28 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.
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Two days later, he made seven of his 10 field goals for 14 points, then added six assists and four Authentic Deron Williams Womens Jersey boards as Meralco stunned San Miguel in come-from-behind fashion, 104-101.
With his effort, Newsome earned the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award for the period of September 18-24, besting Star veterans Mark Barroca and PJ Simon, and the Rain or Shine trio of Raymond Almazan, Maverick Ahanmisi, and Don Trollano.
The Bolts, with their twice-to-beat edge, only need to beat eighth-seeded Blackwater Elite on Tuesday in order to advance to the semifinals.
After a crucial defensive stop by the Bolts, Durham then buried the insurance free http://www.cavaliersproshop.com/Iman_Shumpert_Jersey throws with 3.2 seconds remaining and Meralco beat San Miguel for the first time in seven games.
"That was just a great second half for our team. We tried to make some adjustments at halftime because we thought we played horrible basketball in the first half and we tried to implement adjustments that the players went out and executed. It was still very difficult, took us a long time to really get our bearings and get on a run," head coach Norman Black said.
"We gave ourselves a chance to win at the endgame and we did," he added.
On top of his 35 points, Durham also grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out eight assists. Jared Dillinger was the top local for Meralco after scoring 16 points while Chris Newsome had 14.
Baser Amer, who hit the big three to tie things up at 98, ended up with 13.
Leading all game long, San Miguel's Grand Slam hopes took a major hit after this unlikely collapse. At 7-4, the Beermen landed at sixth place after the quotients were applied.
A matchup with defending champion Barangay Ginebra now looms for the Beermen and the Gin Kings hold a twice-to-beat advantage.
Fajardo led the way for San Miguel, pouring 26 points. Watson and Marcio Lassiter added 18 apiece.