Maliksi, Meralco stay alive in PBA PH Cup semis

Posted by watchmen
October 14, 2021
Posted in SPORTS

By Adrian Stewart Co

Allein Maliksi heated up in the endgame as Meralco Bolts stayed alive in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals with a 102-98 Game 5 victory over Magnolia Pambansang Manok Hotshots yesterday at the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Meralco Bolts’ Allein Maliksi attacks the defense of Magnolia Pambansang Manok Hotshots’ Calvin Abueva. (PBA Media Bureau photo)

With the score tied at 90-all, Maliksi broke the deadlock with three free throws and a three-pointer to surge the Bolts ahead at 96-90 with over two minutes left.

The Hotshots rallied to within 93-96 on a split free throw by Ian Sangalang and a put back by Calvin Abueva but Maliksi drilled another triple to stretch the Bolts advantage to 99-93.

Magnolia had its last stand at 98-100 on a triple and an inside hit by Abueva but Raymond Almazan secured Meralco’s victory with two free throws with seven seconds left.

Maliksi finished the match with conference-high 29 points, including seven three-point conversions, as the Bolts trimmed the best-of-seven semifinals series deficit to 2-3.

Nard John Pinto added career-high 24 points, Chris Newsome contributed 23 points, while Almazan ended up with nine points and 10 rebounds for the Bolts.

Andy Mark Barroca top-scored with 25 points, Abueva chipped in 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Ian Sangalang had double-double 15 points and 14 boards for the Hotshots./ASC, WDJ

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