The Meralco Bolts had a chance to bag some silverware. After KG
Canaleta fired four consecutive triples to give the Philippine side a
63-62 lead over the SK Knights heading into the final quarter, the
Koreans bucked the loss of their American player and rattle off killer
threes to take the battle for third place, 91-87.
The SK Knights were at a disadvantage when Dajuan Summers (26 points,
7 rebounds, 4 assists) fouled out of the game with 3:32 left in the
game, but managed to stay ahead with cold-blooded shooting from Choi
Wonhyuk and Choi Bukyung.
The Knights were already in a tough situation from the start with Byun
Kihun sidelined for the game after starring for most of the tournament
in prior games.
The two teams started out evenly and were left tied in the 1st quarter
at 25-all as Baser Amer was looking to have a terrific game with 12
points in the first quarter. But the shift point guard would not score
the rest of the way for Meralco.
After the halftime break which the SK Knights were holding on to a
46-38 lead, the Meralco Bolts started to fight back behind Canaleta
The game continued to be a tale of runs and the SK Knights broke off
with an 11-2 run on three big triples, which built up a big enough
lead for the Knights. Even as Summers picked up his 4th and 5th fouls
towards the end of the game, the Knights were able to keep their cool
and finish with poise.
The Korean Basketball League champions stalled the game down and ended
their possessions efficiently to the frustration of the Meralco Bolts
who made push after push to overtake the lead.
Wonhyuk and Bukyung had not been putting up much the entire tournament
but combined for 27 big points in this game, including the crucial
daggers down the stretch. Diamond Stone (32 points and 12 points) and
Allen Durham (21 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists) played the entire game
but weren’t able to put in the final touches to get the bronze medal.