Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup Quarterfinals between the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the Meralco Bolts scheduled on July 24, 2022, at 6:30 PM.
The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the Meralco Bolts are going to have another rivalry series against each other. Instead of the finals, they are going to meet in the quarterfinals of the Philippine Cup. Ginebra finished the elimination round in fourth place with eight wins and three losses while Meralco ended at the fifth spot with seven victories and four defeats.
Ginebra and Meralco are famous for sharing a rivalry with each other. Their rivalry formed in the recent Governors’ Cup Finals series that featured the fan-favorite Justin Brownlee and Meralco’s outstanding Allen Durham. All of those series that were prolonged by as much as four appearances were won by the Gin-Kings. But because this is an all-Filipino conference, we are not going to see their imports in the following matchups of the best-of-three series.
The Gin-Kings had a great run in the elimination round, bouncing back from their subpar performance in the previous season in the same conference where they finished at the eighth spot in the eliminations and got bested by the TNT Tropang Giga early in the quarterfinals. Against the Tropang Giga, they also had the twice-to-beat disadvantage.
Going back to the current conference, the Kings leads the league in rebounds and assists per game in the elimination round, tallying 47.4 rebounds and 24.4 assists, respectively.
Japeth Aguilar led Ginebra with 16.7 points, and 8.4 rebounds, and also led the league with 2.5 blocks per game while shooting efficiently as he hit 59% of his looks. Scottie Thompson, the reigning MVP, almost averaged a double-double in the eliminations, putting up 15.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 6.1 dimes per game.
Christian Standhardinger crushed the paint in all of the 11 contests that he has played in with the Ginebra squad. “The Bulldozer” registered 13.5 points and 9.7 boards per game.
As for Meralco, they are looking to improve their run in the playoffs as they got knocked out by Magnolia in the previous post-eliminations.
Chris Newsome is still leading the team with 16.8 points, 5.4 boards, and 4.9 assists while converting 45% of his shots. Aaron Black, who is still developing with Meralco alongside his father, finished with 14.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.5 dimes per game. Not only that, but he also splashed 45% of his shots.
Maliksi maintains his shooting groove for Meralco in the eliminations, racking up 14.3 points, and is averaging 37% on his three-point looks.
Almazan and Hodge, the defensive duo of the Bolts, might be given tough assignments by head coach Norman Black on guarding Ginebra’s Standhardinger and Aguilar in the paint for most of the succeeding matches in the series. Hodge and “Rock N Roll” averaged 1.6 blocks and 1 block per game, respectively for Meralco.
In addition, Almazan tallied 8.8 points and 10.4 rebounds while Hodge had 7.3 points and 7.8 boards per game.