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    News you need to know: Meralco takes No. 2 spot; SMB ousts Alaska

    Sep 23, 2021
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    Meralco twice-to-beat in quarters

    MERALCO got it done in one.

    With two chances to secure the No. 2 spot this week, the Bolts did not waste time clinching twice-to-beat advantage in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, defeating NLEX, 104-101, on Wednesday at the Don Honorio Ventura State University gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

    Meralco took control early before holding off NLEX, notching their eighth win in 10 outings.

    That meant the Bolts, with still a game in hand, get the No. 2 spot behind TNT Tropang Giga, which went 10-1 in the eliminations.

    Meralco secures the No. 2 spot due to the win-over-the-other rule, sending Magnolia (8-3) to the No. 3 slot.

    The Bolts nail a twice-to-beat incentive in an all-Filipino conference for the first time in franchise history.

    Meralco plays Barangay Ginebra on Thursday in its final elimination-round match.

    NLEX still advances to the quarterfinals, although at 5-6 could still slip to No. 7 after the eliminations.

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    Alaska, which went 1-2 in a three-game schedule last week, suffered its seventh loss in 10 games.

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    Oftana, a former NCAA MVP with San Beda, finished with 34 points on 12 of 18 shooing in 29 minutes of play. He made 11 attempts from beyond the arc.

    Caidic set the mark in the 1987 Open Conference Finals while playing for Great Taste, which lost to Tanduay in overtime, 135-134.

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