#PBA2015 Govs Cup Roundup: June 27, 2015

The 2015 PBA Govs’ Cup playoffs saw third-seeded Rain or Shine scramble to defeat upstart Barako Bull even as the Meralco Bolts successfully pushed second-seeded San Miguel Beer to a do-or-die match on Monday.

Game recap (adapted from Interaksyon):

Box scores.
The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters secured their entry into the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals after outlasting a gallant Barako Bull squad that fought to the final second, 134-132, in a double-overtime quarterfinal clash on Saturday at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

Paul Lee nailed the go-ahead basket with seven seconds left in the second extra period, breaking a 132-all deadlock forced by Barako Bull import Liam McMorrow seconds earlier.

Lee finished with 23 points, including 6 three-pointers, alongside 8 rebounds and 7 assists.

Import Wendell McKines also had a big night, posting 36 points and 15 rebounds in the victory, while four other locals – Chris Tiu, Jeff Chan, Ryan Arana and Beau Belga – finished in double-figure scoring for the third-seeded Elasto Painters.

They joined the No. 1 seed Alaska, who already advanced following a win over eight-seed Ginebra, in the next round.

Liam McMorrow paced the losing side with 32 points and 23 rebounds, while Joseph Yeo also reeled in a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists. 

Line of the Game: Liam McMorrow (BAR) - 32pts, 23rebs, 2blks, 2asts, 10/15 FGs.

Liam McMorrow played his final game in the PBA after Barako Bull got tossed by Rain or Shine.

Paul Lee hit the marginal basket in the second overtime to propel the Painters into the semifinals.

Wendell McKines had another stellar outing for ROS.

Box scores.
Seventh-seeded Meralco came out flat to start the game but made the big plays when it mattered the most as they defeated No. 2 San Miguel, 106-99, on Saturday to stave off elimination and force a winner-take-all clash for a spot in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals.

Meralco saw a nine-point fourth quarter lead wiped away but proved steadier down the stretch as they closed the game on a 7-0 run.

Andre Emmett finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists, while Jared Dillinger turned in an efficient performance, scoring 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Kelly Nabong also gave the Bolts a huge boost, finishing with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Luckily for San Miguel, they came into the series with a twice-to-beat advantage and will still have a chance to advance if they can win in their do-or-die clash on Monday.

Fajardo had a terrific performance for the Beermen, scoring 30 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the field and 12-for-15 from the free throw line. AZ Reid, meanwhile, recorded 21 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Line of the Game: Andre Emmett (MER) - 28pts, 10rebs, 4asts, 2stls, 1blk, 12/23 FGs. 

Not even June Mar Fajardo's dominance in the paint could tow SMB to the win.

Kelly Nabong tests the perimeter defense of Jay-R Reyes.

Coach Norman Black claps his hands after the Bolts upset the Beermen in Game 1.

Images from the PBA.

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