Meralco stops San Miguel
Tony Bishop and the Bolts ease into the semis.
Tony Bishop had 32 points, 18 in the third period, as twice-to-beat Meralco got back at San Miguel, which won their elimination-round game.
The 32-year-old Bishop also had 16 rebounds in the rematch with Meralco’s first choice for an import, Shabazz Muhammad, who had 24 points and 15 rebounds.
The Bolts take on top seed Magnolia, which eliminated Phoenix.
Magnolia eases past Phoenix
Paul Lee and the Hotshots overpower Phoenix in a match between No. 1 aand No. 8.
In a showdown of top seed vs No. 8, the Hotshots were simply too strong, with Paul Lee leading eight players scoring in double figures.
Lee came up with 25 points, Mark Barroca scored 18, Jio Jalalon added 15 which was matched by import Mike Harris.
Magnolia advanced to the round of four against Meralco, which eliminated San Miguel Beer.
Du’Vaughn Maxwell scored 32 points while Jason Perkins added 11 points and nine rebounds for Phoenix.
New import for TNT
All eyes will be on Leon Gilmore as the Tropang Giga try to avoid the upset axe.
According to TNT team manager Gabby Cui, Aaron Fuller suffered a calf injury in Wednesday's loss to Barangay Ginebra, which forced the rubber match.
Listed at 6-foot-7, the 27-year-old Gilmore III played for NCAA Divison 1 school Stephen F. Austin, and most recently saw action for the Texas Legends in the G League.
Gilmore also suited up for Wisconsin Herd in during the 2019-2020 season of the G League.