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Meralco shows poise, holds off gutsy Blackwater to book semis ticket

The Meralco Bolts showed their poise late in the game to put away the resilient Blackwater Elite, 104-96, and advance to the semifinals of the Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup Thursday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Bolts, in danger of losing their twice-to-beat advantage, battled back from a 12-point deficit and needed clutch baskets from Baser Amer and Jared Dillinger to secure a final four ticket.

Meralco's Chris Newsome attempts to steal the ball from Blackwater Elite's Roi Sumang. PBA Media Bureau
Amer finished with 31 points, four rebounds and three assists while Dillinger made 15 points on five three-pointers to lift the Bolts who take on the Star Hotshots in the semifinals.

Import Allen Durham scored 18 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists while battling through an ankle injury in the fourth quarter.

Garvo Lanete also made 17 points spiked by five three-pointers, as Ranidel De Ocampo also stepped up by tallying 14 points and eight rebounds while playing good defense on import Henry Walker.

Meralco started the game with a 17-9 lead but the Elite fired 13 unanswered points to take the edge.

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