PBA: Meralco outlasts Phoenix in overtime to take last semis seat

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 9) — The semifinals cast in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup is complete.

The Meralco Bolts completed a come from behind win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 108-103, Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Import Allen Durham powered Meralco with a monster outing 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field and 21 rebounds.

After trailing by double figures in the entire first half, the Bolts went on an offensive onslaught to grab the upper hand going into the payoff period.

Trailing by three points, Fuel Masters' Jason Perkins knocked down a clutch triple to tie the score at 94 with nine seconds left in the contest.

Durham had the chance to win the game for Meralco but his baseline jumper went wide.

The Bolts showed composure down the stretch to seal their entry to the conference's semis for the third straight time.

Meralco's Baser Amer and Chris Newsome combined for 45 points.

Perkins paced Phoenix with 24 markers and six boards.

The Bolts will face Alaska Aces in a best-of-five affair starting on November 11 at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

The scores:

Meralco (108) – Durham 32, Amer 26, Newsome 19, Salva 8, Canaleta 7, Hugnatan 6, Faundo 4, Tolomia 2, Caram 2, Dillinger 2.

Phoenix (103) – Perkins 24, Wright 20, Phelps 18, Chua 13, Intal 10, Abueva 10, Wilson 5, Revilla 2, Jazul 1, Kramer 0.

Quarterscores: 22-27; 40-50; 70-68; 94-94; 108-103.