Meralco Bolts pulled off a huge escape act, coming away with an 85-83 victory over Barangay Ginebra in the Game 4 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Friday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
As a result, the Bolts have now tied the best-of-seven series at two games apiece after digging out a 0-2 hole.
Allen Durham had his usual numbers of 28 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks in almost 45 minutes, but got big support this time from the Meralco locals.
Chris Newsome contributed a double-double of 18 points and 11 boards, Reynel Hugnatan gave spark off the bench with his 14 markers, while Baser Amer added 11 points.
The Bolts survived the grueling match that saw several lead changes and deadlocks, with the last one at 83-all in the final 67 seconds.
Durham’s layup off a Hugnatan pass in the 47-second mark turned out to be the winning shot, as the Gin Kings were not able to execute in the next sequence, before failing to call for a timeout in the last 16 seconds.
Justin Brownlee collected 34 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for Ginebra, but Joe Devance was the only other Gin King in double figures with 15 points, on top of six caroms and four assists.
LA Tenorio went scoreless in 31 minutes, BPC winner Greg Slaughter was limited to just six points, while first mythical team member Japeth Aguilar could only put up seven points.
Game 5 will be on Sunday, October 22, 6:30 PM at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
MERALCO 85 – Durham 28, Newsome 18, Hugnatan 14, Amer 11, Hodge 7, Dillinger 2, Caram 2, Faundo 2, Lanete 1, Tolomia 0.
GINEBRA 83 – Brownlee 34, Devance 15, Caguioa 8, Aguilar 7, Slaughter 6, Cruz 4, Thompson 4, Ferrer 3, Helterbrand 2, Tenorio 0, Mercado 0.
Quarter scores: 17-17, 41-40, 68-63, 85-83.