Meralco beats San Mig Coffee, faces Alaska in quarterfinalsBy Mark Giongco
MANILA, Philippines—Meralco drew solid plays from Mac Cardona and Reynel Hugnatan to beat San Mig Coffee, 87-77, Sunday in the 38th PBA Philippine Cup at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Cardona and Hugnatan shot 15 points each as the Bolts ended their elimination round campaign on a winning note.
Meralco will try to carry its momentum in the best-of-three quarterfinals against Alaska with game 1 starting on Wednesday.
Cardona missed only three of his 10 shots from the field and grabbed seven rebounds and had three assists.
The Mixers, who have already secured the second spot and a twice-to-beat incentive, tangle with Petron Blaze in quarters.
PJ Simon paced San Mig Coffee with 19 points.
Head coach Tim Cone opted to give James Yap a night off to rest an injury.
JC Intal and Aldrech Ramos played extended minutes in the absence of Yap.
Ramos scored 15 points and had four rebounds.