Finally, Meralco pulled one over Barangay Ginebra.
Though squandering a huge 21-point lead, the Bolts got the money off their back, hurdling the Gin Kings in a playoff showdown at long last with a 106-104 Sunday thriller that sent Meralco to a return trip to the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.
Ending a hunt for the elusive first playoff win over Ginebra, the Bolts joined the march of the top seeds to the Last Four.
It’s a twin explosive setto pitting heavyweights from corporate rivals San Miguel Corp. and the MVP Group.
Disposing of No. 4 Barangay Ginebra, the gritty bunch of Bolts acting coach Luigi Trillo set a best-of-seven semis tango with top seed San Miguel Beer beginning Wednesday at the Big Dome.
The other semis pairing pits second seed TNT Tropang Giga and No. 3 Magnolia.
“We just proved that if you’re relentless, if you keep the fight, great things will happen,” said Chris Newsome, a vital cog with a 21-point, 12-assist and 10-rebound triple-double game.