Meralco just refused to lose and survived an 18-point deficit as it upended the grand slam-chasing San Miguel Beer squad, 104-101, to claim playoffs top seeding at the close of the PBA Governors Cup eliminations at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.
Allen Durham again flirted with a triple-double performance and broke the back of San Miguel at the finish to propel the Bolts to a first win over the Beermen in two years and into No. 1 finish in the elims with a 9-2 win-loss slate.
The Beermen, meanwhile, dropped all the way to sixth spot as they wound up with a 7-4 record in a tie with the Star Hotshots, the NLEX Road Warriors and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
In applying the quotient tiebreak system, the Hotshots, the Road Warriors, the Beermen and the Elasto Painters finished in that order from fourth to seventh.
Meralco ended on top followed by TNT KaTropa at No. 2 then Barangay Ginebra at No. 3.
“It’s a big win for the Meralco program,” said coach Norman Black as his troops nailed a first ever elims top finish for the franchise. – PBA
MERALCO 104 – Durham 35, Dillinger 16, Newsome 14, Amer 13, Hodge 8, Tolomia 8, De Ocampo 6, Nabong 2, Hugnatan 2, Lanete 0.
SAN MIGUEL 101 – Fajardo 26, Lassiter 18, Watson 18, Cabagnot 16, Ross 10, Santos 6, Rosser 4, Espinas 3, Heruela 0.
Quarterscores: 19-32, 39-51, 69-81, 104-101.