Ginebra and Meralco figured in a tough grind-out battle with Kings pulling through on a big lapse by the Bolts in the dying seconds.
The Bolts got a chance to win the game after Justin Brownlee missed two charities with Ginebra ahead by just one at 90-89 with six seconds to go.
Alex Stepheson grabbed the defensive rebound but then Chris Newsome ran a fastbreak play that went awry, hurling a pass that went way, way ahead of the streaking Cliff Hodge.
Thus, Meralco settled for a 7-4 closing mark outside the Top Two. Missing a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarters, the Bolts instead figure in a best-of-three quarters playoff.