Beermen remain perfect after scrappy affair with NLEX

Paul Lintag on Jan 19, 2018 09:04 PM
Beermen remain perfect after scrappy affair with NLEX
In a game that featured more than a couple of physical altercations and shouting matches, San Miguel relied on its superior star power to maintain a perfect 4-0 record.

San Miguel is just too good.

The three-time defending champion Beermen went to work in the fourth period, simply overpowering the NLEX Road Warriors on their way to a 109-98 win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

In a game that featured more than a couple of physical altercations and shouting matches, San Miguel relied on its superior star power to maintain a perfect 4-0 record.

The Beermen's MVP tandem both submitted double-double performances to overcome NLEX's challenge.

2013 MVP Arwind Santos led the way for the champs. scoring 26 points on top 13 rebounds and four assists. Santos did his best work in the fourth, dropping 13 points in the period as the Beermen pulled away for good.

Reigning four-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo was dominant as well, going for 25 points and 16 rebounds.  Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter added 14 points apiece.

"I know from the start that this will be an exciting game," head coach Leo Austria said.

"With NLEX losing their last two games, we knew they will come out hard and it happened. They refused to lose because of their pride and experience," he added.

With less than five minutes to go, things got testy as Mike Miranda was called for a flagrant foul penalty 2 for kicking Chris Ross in his nether regions.

The Road Warriors paid for it dearly as the Beermen's six-point lead turned into 10 real quick after two free throws from Ross and a jumper from Marcio Lassiter in the same possession.

Then Arwind dropped the dagger by hitting a booming triple with 3:42 to go for an 11-point lead.

Before the game ended, Ross figured in another altercation, engaging with a shouting match against NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.

Ross was tossed after being called for his second technical foul in the game. His first was for second motion against Alex Mallari earlier in the second half.

Meanwhile, Kiefer Ravena scored 15 points to lead NLEX but it wasn't enough to save the Road Warriors from a third straight defeat.

Mallari, Raul Soyud, and JR Quinahan each added 12 points for the Road Warriors.

 

The Scores:

SAN MIGUEL 109 — Santos 26, Fajardo 25, Cabagnot 14, Lassiter 14, Pessumal 10, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, De Ocampo 4, Ross 4, Heruela 2, Mamaril 2, Semerad 2.

NLEX 98 — Ravena 15, Mallari 12, Quiñahan 12, Soyud 12, Miranda 10, Tiongson 8, Fonacier 6, Uyloan 6, Al-Hussaini 5, Alas 5, Taulava 3, Baguio 2, Gotladera 2.

Quarters: 31-24, 49-58, 74-74, 109-98.

 


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