Meralco beat Beermen in overtime

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THE Meralco Bolts defeated San Miguel Beer 106-95 in overtime in the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup elimination round at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.

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Import Andre Emmett finished with 31 points on top of 11 rebounds and five assists to lead the Bolts to victory after suffering a 73-92 loss to Globalport on Tuesday. Emmet outperformed Beermen import Arizona Reid, who posted only 13 points and 8 rebounds.

After a 91-91 standoff at the end of the regular period, Emmett led a solid offense, scoring back-to-back baskets that started Meralco’s big run. The defeat was the Beermen’s second straight setback following a 78-83 loss to Kia Carnival on Wednesday.

“It’s a good bounce back win for us. We just want to get back on track again. I thought our locals played much better with Andre Emmett tonight. It’s a big win for us, since you need to win every game in the elims. I thought our defensive game was sound. The least you want is to go down 0-2,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.

The Beermen took control of the game briefly leading by as much as 11 points, 40-29, with still 6:29 remaining in the second period. But they could not sustain the momentum eventually allowing Meralco to pull off a 12-0 charge behind Gary David, Emmett and Reynel Hugnatan. The 6’5 Emmett scored six points in the rally that let Meralco grab the upper hand, 41-40.

The Beermen fired four triples in the next frame but the effort was not enough to close the gap, 72-68, going into the pivotal period. Cliff Hodge scored on a basket off an assist by Emmett to tie the game 91-91 forcing a five-minute extension.

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