Meralco stuns Brgy. Ginebra to improve playoff chances

Meralco avenged its championship defeat as it took down Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 90-73, in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night, 13 July at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.,In a battle without their head coaches, the Bolts displayed dominance to claim their fifth win in eight games, tying with Blackwater and Magnolia at the third spot.,Chris Newsome showed the way with 19 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, while Chris Banchero chalked up 17 markers and two boards.,Cliff Hodge delivered an all-around game of 14 points, eight boards, four blocks, and two steals and Bong Quinto had 10 markers and five assists.,With Banchero leading the team to a 24-16 start, Meralco outran the Kings with 19 fastbreak points to build a 72-50 lead late in the third quarter.,Scottie Thompson paced Ginebra with 14 points as the Kings suffered their second straight defeat on a 6-3 slate.,​​The Scores:,MERALCO 90 – Newsome 19, Banchero 17, Hodge 14, Quinto 10, Black 9, Maliksi 8, Almazan 6, Pascual 4, Johnson 3, Baclao 0, Jose 0, Hugnatan 0, Caram 0, Belo 0,GINEBRA 73 – Thompson 14, Pinto 12, J.Aguilar 11, Standhardinger 10, Tenorio 7, Pringle 6, Chan 5, Caperal 4, David 2, Mariano 2,QUARTERS: 24-16, 51-33, 72-50, 90-73