Beermen extend unbeaten run to three after taking down Star

Paul Lintag on Apr 16, 2017 09:33 PM
Beermen extend unbeaten run to three after taking down Star
San Miguel, who won three straight games in the Finals to win the Philippine Cup, improved to 3-0 in the mid-season conference, the last unbeaten squad in the 12-team field.

San Miguel remains as the gold standard of the PBA.

The Beermen continued to roll in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup, scoring a convincing 103-97 victory over sister team Star on Easter Sunday at the Big Dome.

San Miguel, who won three straight games in the Finals to win the Philippine Cup, improved to 3-0 in the mid-season conference, the last unbeaten squad in the 12-team field.

After a close first half, the Beermen started to pull away in the thid and even led by as many as 19 points, 77-58.

Even as the Hotshots tried to steal the game in the fourth, cutting the deficit to four points with one minute to go, 95-99, the Beermen had enough to keep Star at bay.

"Well alam namin na from the start that this will be a tough game for us dahil galing sa talo ang Star against Ginebra," head coach Leo Austria said.

"Malaki naman ang tiwala ko sa mga players, they know how to win. Alam nila ang importance of this game," he added.

Import Charles Rhodes played his best game of the season, exploding for 29 points, 13 in the final period, on top of 10 rebounds.

Chris Ross meanwhile led four locals in double figures with 19 points. Marcio Lassiter added 16.

After a perfect start, the Hotshots all of a sudden found themselves reeling with back-to-back defeats against their four wins.

Tony Mitchell paced Star with 22 points but fouled out late in the game. Ian Sangalang emerged as the top local for Chito Victolero's crew with 18 points.

Paul Lee scored 16.

 

The scores:

SAN MIGUEL 103 - Rhodes 29, Ross 19, Lassiter 16, Santos 13, Fajardo 10, Heruela 8, Cabagnot 6, Espinas 2, Semerad 0, De Ocampo 0.

STAR 97 - Mitchell 22, Sangalang 18, Lee 16, Maliksi 11, Barroca 10, Jalalon 9, Simon 7, Javier 2, Reavis 2, Ramos 0.

Quarterscores: 27-26, 48-42, 77-65, 103-97

 


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