Brgy. Ginebra took the lead in the semifinals of the PBA Philippine Cup after defeating the Meralco Bolts, 96-79, on Wednesday, November 20, at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena and Cultural Center.
Stanley Pringle scored 19 points while Scottie Thompson and Arvin Tolentino each added 13 points for the victory of Brgy. Ginebra.
The Gin Kings took the lead for good after back-to-back baskets by Prince Caperal allowed the no.1 seeded team to end the first quarter with a four point cushion, 21-17.
The Bolts can only watch as the point difference widened to 12-points, 48-36, by the end of the first half, and 17 points before the start of the final period.
Allein Maliksi finished with 24 points while Chris Newsome registered 13 points for the Bolts that trailed behind by 25 points at most during the first game of the best-of-five series.