Beermen stay hot after surviving Gin Kings in thriller
Paul Lintag on Jan 08, 2017 09:11 PM
San Miguel makes it six in a row after surviving Ginebra.
It wasn't as dominant as their last couple of wins but it was a win regardless.
Two-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel pushed its winning streak to six games after surviving sister team Ginebra in a low-scoring affair, 72-70, Sunday at the Big Dome.
Already assured of a quarterfinal berth after taking care of Blackwater just two days ago, the Beermen have started their quest for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
The champs also maintained their stranglehold of first place after pushing their record to a near-perfect 7-1.
San Miguel appeared to cruise to a victory, leading by eight with two minutes to go but Ginebra got two booming treys from Joe Devance and LA Tenorio to make things interesting.
With 11 seconds to go, the Gin Kings had the chance to tie or go for the win after Marcio Lassiter missed two crucial free throws but Tenorio's floater was way short against the defense of Arwind Santos.
"I know from the start na this will be a tight game for us dahil I think the energy of our team has gone down since our last game against Blackwater," head coach Leo Austria said who once again started his post-game talk with his now infamous "well ah..." remark.
"Mabuti na lang talagang may kaunti pang Petron na laman ang gas tank ng mga players," he added finding time to put a little product placement here and there.
Despite a broken nose, Alex Cabagnot once again led the Beermen in scoring with 16 points while Santos posted a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Ronald Tubid came off the bench to add another 10 points for the champs.
Meanwhile, Ginebra's up-and-down season continued as the Gin Kings dropped to 3-4 in the Philippine Cup.
Japeth Aguilar picked up where he left off from Christmas and paced Ginebra with 17 points.
SAN MIGUEL 72 - Cabagnot 16, Tubid 12, Santos 10, Fajardo 9, Lassiter 7, Espinas 7, De Ocampo 5, Ross 4, Garcia 2, Heruela 0.
GINEBRA 70 - Aguilar 17, Mercado 11, Tenorio 8, Devance 7, Ferrer 7, Thompson 6, Cruz 6, Ellis 2, Mariano 2, Marcelo 2, Caguioa 2.
Quarters: 15-17, 32-31, 53-49, 72-70
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