Beermen avoid another collapse to tie Finals vs. Magnolia
Paul Lintag on Mar 25, 2018 08:44 PM
Unlike in Game 1, San Miguel had an answer to Magnolia's attempted comeback, turning to its pair of MVPs to restore order of Game 2 and the series as a whole.
No comebacks this time around.
San Miguel Beer has tied the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, scoring a convincing 92-77 victory over Magnolia Sunday at the MOA Arena.
Game 2 followed the same script as Game 1 just two days ago as the reigning three-time defending champions jumped on a commanding lead in the second half.
San Miguel led by as many as 21 in the third period only to see the Hotshots storm back to cut it down to seven early in the fourth.
Magnolia held the Beermen scoreless in the first four minutes of the final period. However, unlike in Game 1, San Miguel had an answer, turning to its pair of MVPs to restore order.
Arwind Santos first hit a booming three for the champs first score of the fourth then June Mar Fajardo added a fastbreak layup for an 80-68 lead.
Magnolia never threatened after that.
"We learned our lesson from the last game we lost," head coach Leo Austria said.
"Almost the same thing, we're able to lead. Last time lumamang kami ng 20 points hinabol nila, I have to give credit to the players talagang ayaw nila magpatalo," he added.
Arwind Santos was sensational all game long for the Beermen, scoring a game-high 24 points on top of eight rebounds. More importantly, he hit six timely three-point shots to help San Miguel hold off Magnolia.
Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot scored 16 and 15 points respectively while Fajardo submitted a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double.
After the Hotshots got off to a 6-0 start, the Beermen settled down and went to work, taking a double-digit lead at the break, 48-35.
The lead ballooned to as many as 21, 71-50, early in the second half.
For Magnolia, it was Mark Barroca that led the way with 18 points while Paul Lee added 13. Game 1 hero Ian Sangalang was limited to only 11 points.
Game 3 will be on Easter Sunday as the Finals will take a mini-break in observance of Holy Week.
SAN MIGUEL 92 — Santos 24, Lassiter 16, Cabagnot 15, Fajardo 12, Heruela 10, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, Ross 5, Mamaril 4, De Ocampo 0, Vigil 0.
MAGNOLIA 77 — Barroca 18, Lee 13, Sangalang 11, Dela Rosa 7, Ramos 7, Jalalon 6, Pascual 4, Reavis 4, Brondial 3, Herndon 2, Simon 2, Mendoza 0.
Quarters: 19-17, 48-35, 75-57, 92-77.
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