San Miguel beats TNT in another scrappy affair
Paul Lintag on Aug 02, 2017 09:40 PM
The Beermen took the latest edition in this battle of PBA superpowers, pulling away late for an early 2-0 card in the Governors' Cup.
San Miguel and TNT picked up exactly where they left off from the Commissioner's Cup.
Meeting for the first time since Game 6 of the mid-season Finals, both the Beermen and the KaTropa once again found themselves in a scrappy affair. And pretty much like that Finals, or the semifinals in the Philippine Cup for that matter, San Miguel came out on top.
The Beermen took the latest edition in this battle of PBA superpowers, pulling away late for a 97-91 decision Wednesday at the Big Dome.
San Miguel moved to a perfect 2-0 in the Governors' Cup and dropped TNT to an even 1-1.
After a close three quarters that included three techincal fouls called on Jayson Castro, RR Pogoy, and Chris Ross, the Beermen turned to June Mar Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter to create separation in the final 12 minutes of play.
With the Kraken and Super Marcio anchoring the attack, San Miguel erected a 14-point lead with less than six minutes to go, effectively sealing the victory.
"I really don't know how we beat them tonight because we played medyo tentative because of the eagerness of our players," head coach Leo Austria said.
"And some of the players tried to play the way we played in the Finals but I told them it's not that easy to beat Talk 'N Text because alam naman natin, very emotional ang both teams because of what happened in the Finals," he added.
Fajardo led the Beermen with 27 points, six rebounds, and five blocks while import Wendell McKines added 22. Lassiter was good for 16 points, 10 coming in during the fourth period.
Michael Craig powered TNT with 16 points nad 18 rebounds while Jayson Castro 14 points and four dimes.
SAN MIGUEL 97 – Fajardo 27, McKines 22, Lassiter 16, Cabagnot 15, Santos 7, Heruela 5, Ross 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 0.
TNT KATROPA 91 – Craig 16, Castro 14, Tautuaa 10, Pogoy 10, De Ocampo 10, Williams 8, Garcia 8, Semerad 6, Rosario 5, Carey 4, Hernandez 0.
Quarters: 17-24; 40-40; 66-65; 97-91.
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