Meralco destroyed Brgy. Ginebra’s zone defense with its torrid outside shooting especially down the stretch as the Bolts took a 2-1 lead after a 107-103 win on Wednesday in Game 3 of the 2016 PBA Governors Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Reynel Hugnatan fired three triples in the stretch with the biggest coming down hard on Brgy. Ginebra in the final 42.2 seconds that gave Meralco a seven-point buffer.
Brgy. Ginebra was a step slow in collapsing on the Meralco shooters as the Kings paid dearly for their defensive gamble.
Jimmy Alapag turned back the clock, igniting Meralco’s electrifying finish with a long trey just when Brgy. Ginebra came close to stealing the lead.
With Justin Brownlee pushing the Kings within just two, 89-87, Alapag hit one from downtown while Hugnatan fired his first two in succession that gave them enough breathing room to survive.
But the Kings just wouldn’t die.
That’s when Hugnatan nailed the final coffin on the Kings’ casket.
Overall, Meralco shot 12-of-30 from beyond the arc.
Allen Durham scored 36 points, including the game-sealing free throws, while rookie Chris Newsome bounced back from lackluster Game 2 with spectacular Game 3, leading the locals with 22. Alapag and Hugnatan delivered vintage performances, finishing with 18 and 17, respectively.
Brownlee tried to carry the Kings on his broad shoulders with 42 points, including a triple of his own with 11 seconds left that cut the Bolts’ lead down to just two, 105-103, but the locals failed to step up. – By Alder Almo