SMB issues an emphatic statement with dominant Game 1 win
Paul Lintag on Feb 24, 2017 09:55 PM
Ginebra will have to do a better job in the All-Filipino Finals in order to take down Chris Ross and the San Miguel Beermen.
San Miguel wasted little time in establishing its dominance in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
The Beermen landed a haymaker right in the first quarter before cruising to a dominant 109-82 victory against Brgy. Ginebra in Game 1 of their best-of-7 All-Filipino titular showdown Friday at the MOA Arena.
With Alex Cabagnot running the show, the Beermen ran amok against the Gin Kings in the opening 12 minutes, putting up a 23-point lead, 35-12.
It was practically over from that point on as San Miguel enjoyed a lead as high as 36 points in the second half before settling for a 27-point win.
"I really don't know what happened because I did not expect this kind of game. Yung one-sided since the first quarter," head coach Leo Austria said.
"Naglilisik ang mga mata ng mga players ko because they know how important winning Game 1 is," he added.
Reigning Finals MVP Chris Ross flashed his deadly form to lead the Beermen with 17 points, five rebounds, and eight assists while three-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo likewise finished with 17 points in a near-perfect shooting night, making all but one of his eight field-goal attempts.
Cabagnot and Gabby Espinas ended up with 16 points apiece as the champs moved to within three wins of capturing the Perpetual trophy.
After Ginebra took its first and only lead of the game, 2-1, the Beermen responded with a 16-0 run to set the tone for the rest of the contest.
The Gin Kings struggles were perfectly captured with their opening lineup as no Ginebra starter scored more than five points.
Chris Ellis (13 points), Mark Caguioa (12 points), and Jervy Cruz (12 points) led Ginebra in scoring, all coming off the bench.
Game 2 of the best-of-7 is set for Sunday live from Lucena City in Quezon.
SAN MIGUEL 109 - Ross 17, Fajardo 17, Cabagnot 16, Espinas 16, Tubid 11, Santos 9, Lassiter 8, Agovida 7, Heruela 4, Reyes 2, De Ocampo 2, Van Opstal 0, Mabulac 0, McCarthy 0.
GINEBRA 82 - Ellis 13, Cruz 12, Caguioa 12, Thompson 10, Taha 9, Tenorio 5, Aguilar 5, Mariano 4, Jamito 4, Devance 3, Mercado 2, Ferrer 2, Marcelo 1, Helterbrand 0, De Guzman 0.
Quarterscores: 35-12, 60-39, 89-56, 109-82
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