Power back on
Chris Newsome had 17 points and three Bolts scored in double figures as they trimmed their series deficit to 1-2 and will look to tie it on Sunday in Game Four.
Meralco led by as many as 21, overcoming a late rally by the Hotshots.
Backup big man Noy Baclao came up huge for the Bolts in the absence of Alamazan, Baclao scoring 10 on 5 of 6 shooting, while adding two rebounds and two assists in nearly 27 minutes of action.
Wire-to-wire victory for TNT
RR Pogoy lead the Tropang Giga, who opened the game with 11 straight points and were never threatened, much different from the first two games.
The Tropang Giga won the opener bay a hairline and San Miguel rallied late to take Game Two.
Pogoy scored 26 points and Poy Erram had a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds.
San Miguel got 22 points from Terrence Romeo, while June Mar Fajardo had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Kelly Williams update
The veteran frontcourt man has missed the first three games of the best-of-seven semifinal series after being put under has been put under the league’s health and safety protocols.
Without the 39-year-old Williams, TNT has been relying on JP Erram and Dave Marcelo to man the paint.
The Tropang Giga is in control of the series at 2-1 and will look to extend the lead on Sunday.
“I think the earliest possible is Game Five. That’s the earliest possible, but still it’s not a guarantee,” said TnT coach Chot Reyes.
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