Beermen hold off ROS to advance to PBA semis

Paul Lintag on Feb 05, 2017 06:57 PM
Beermen hold off ROS to advance to PBA semis
RR Garcia shined in his playoff debut for the Beermen, going for 25 points, four rebounds, three assists, and was 5-of-7 from deep.

Antipolo City --- How do you beat a team that is super strong and super lucky? The answer is you can't.

Two-time defending champion San Miguel Beer pulled off another escape act against Rain or Shine, taking a 98-91 decision in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Sunday at the Ynares Center here.

In control for 47 minutes, the no. 1 Beermen suddenly found themselves only up by five as the eight-seeded Elasto Painters made a final effort to extend their All-Filipino campaign.

However, in a crucial San Miguel possession, the champs got not one, not two, but three attempts at the basket with Arwind Santos finally taking care of things to put the Beermen up, 96-89, with 47.2 seconds to go.

Santos then made another two free throws in the final 32 seconds to put the finishing touches on San Miguel's 10th straight victory.

The Beermen now advance to the semifinals and will wait for the winner of the TNT-Globalport series. The KaTropa currently lead that best-of-3 series, 1-0.

RR Garcia shined in his playoff debut for the Beermen, going for 25 points, four rebounds, three assists, and was 5-of-7 from deep.

Five other San Miguel players finished in double figures led by three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo (14 points and 14 rebounds) and Santos (13 points and 12 rebounds). Chris Ross also added 13 while Marcio Lassiter and Gabby Espinas contributed 11 and 10 respectively.

"I still believe na ROS is a tough team. But unfortunately for them, our players really wanted to win," head coach Leo Austria said.

Speaking of ROS, the Elasto Painters got 18 points, 15 in the second half, from Beau Belga in a losing cause. Jay Washington added 16.

 

The scores:

SAN MIGUEL 98 - Garcia 25, Fajardo 14, Sntos 13, Ross 13, Lassiter 11, Espinas 10, Cabagnot 9, Tubid 3, De Ocampo 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 91 - Belga 18, Washington 16, Norwood 14, Ahanmisi 12, Ponferada 10, Yap 9, Chan 6, Cruz 4, Matias 2, Tolomia 0, Tiu 0, Trollano 0.

Quarterscores: 28-21, 51-38, 74-67, 98-91


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