Sumary of Meralco lives to fight another day:
- LOOKING FOR OPTIONS Raymond Almazan of Meralco surveys the floor as he is met by Magnolia defenders in Game Five of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Wednesday at the Don Honorio Ventura State University gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.
- PBA PHOTO THE Meralco Bolts lost their top playmaker and scorer Chris Newsome in the early part of the fourth period, but the rest of the team rallied to overcome the Magnolia Hotshots and force a sixth game in the series on Friday.
- With their conference on the line, the Bolts made up for the absence of Newsome with more than seven minutes left in the game as Allein Maliksi and Nard John Pinto towed their team to a 102-98 win in Game Five of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Wednesday at the Don Honorio Ventura State University gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.
- Pinto, a hard-nosed defender but has lately become a solid scorer for the Bolts, was also a key presence for Meralco on Wednesday.
- On the offensive end, he also came up with big baskets for Meralco and ended up with 24 points in the game.
- With Maliksi rediscovering his shooting touch and Pinto outplaying Lee, the Bolts are still very much alive in the series, although they still trail the Hotshots at 2-3. Meralco head coach Norman Black is relieved to see that his team still in the hunt for the title.
- “We have to bring the same attitude on Friday night, it’s a do-or-die,” Black said.