The Meralco Bolts will now advance to the semi-finals after they eliminated the Alaska Aces, 94-84.
Allein Maliksi gave the reason why Meralco chased after him and traded some of their assets to acquire his service at this conference.
The streak shooter Maliksi finished with 23 points as he led the bench scoring of his squad.
Bolts’ import Allen Durham continues to be a beast inside the paint as he out-muscled his import counterpart, Frank House.
Durham tallied 28 points and 16 boards to go along with his eight assists.
Meralco was all business in the quarterfinals opener as they blasted Alaska with a 13-0 run in the first quarter.
Their lead went as high as 22 points in the first half.
Yet, in the third quarter, Simon Enciso sparked the Aces with a couple of three-pointers to cut the deficit to only 11.
The squad of coach Jeff Cariaso even cut the advantage of Meralco to as low as four points at the tail-end of the third quarter. They managed to bring their team to a striking distance as Meralco struggled to make free-throws.
In the fourth quarter, the battle continues to be like a tug-of-war for both clubs until the Bolts were able to regain the momentum and eventually got the victory.
Since the squad of coach Norman Black finished as one of the top-four in the elimination, they only needed to win once to book a slot in the semi-finals.
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Meralco vs Alaska Box Score
Bolts (94) – Durham 28, Amer 6, Newsome 17, Quinto 2, Almazan 8, Faundo 4, Hodge 2, Caram 4, Maliksi 23
Aces (84) – Enciso 16, Herndon 5, Tratter 11, Racal 3, Thoss 4, Ahanmisi 4, Ayaay 5, Casio 20