Beermen take control of PBA Finals after another convincing win

Paul Lintag on Apr 01, 2018 08:55 PM
Beermen take control of PBA Finals after another big win
Flipping the script from the first two games, San Miguel ran amok in the fourth period this time around, shutting down Magnolia to take a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-7.

San Miguel has taken control of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

Coming off the Holy Week break, the three-time champion Beermen once again dominated Magnolia, scoring a convincing 111-87 Game 3 win on Easter Sunday at the Big Dome.

Flipping the script from the first two games, San Miguel ran amok in the fourth period this time around, shutting down Magnolia to take a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-7.

"I think yung one week break works in our favor, and we're able to recharge and to focus and recuperate from minor injuries, especially Marcio and Chris Ross who are suffering a lot of bangaan inside," head coach Leo Austria said.

"The key here is we're able to match their energy. Lampas-lampas pa nga, that is because of our second unit. The second unit at the start of the fourth quarter, sila ang nag-trabaho that's why I opted to let them stay until the last few minutes. I think if they keep on stepping up every game, I'm confident na every game pwede kami manalo," he added.

Led by Marcio Lassiter and Brian Heruela, San Miguel opened the fourth with a blistering 17-3 run, putting the game out of reach effectively.

At one point, the Beermen scored 15 straight for a 92-71 lead, turning the rest of the game into garbage minutes.

Marcio Lassiter led the champs with 24 points, 10 in the fourth period, while June Mar Fajardo had 21 points and 17 rebounds. The Kraken didn't play in the final 12 minutes.

Chris Ross and Arwind Santos added 14 each while Heruela came off the bench to score 11, eight in the last quarter.

Similar to Games 1 and 2, San Miguel got off to a strong start in Game 3.

But unlike the first two games of the Finals, Magnolia was able to counter quickly behind Paul Lee and PJ Simon in the first half, trailing by only one at the break.

The Hotshots were still in the game in the third, down by only five, before the Beermen waxed hot, dropping a 36-19 bomb in the fourth period.

After leading by as many as 20 in Game 1 and 21 in Game 2, the champs led by as many as 24 in Game 3.

For the Hotshots, Mark Barroca led the way with 22 markers while Lee was good for 15. PJ Simon scored 10, all in the second quarter.

Game 4 will be on Wednesday still at the Big Dome.

 

The Scores:

SAN MIGUEL 111 — Lassiter 24, Fajardo 21, Ross 14, Santos 14, Heruela 11, Espinas 9, Cabagnot 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 5, Pessumal 4, Semerad 2, Vigil 2, Lanete 0, Mamaril 0.

MAGNOLIA 87 — Barroca 22, Lee 15, Ramos 12, Simon 10, Dela Rosa 6, Gamalinda 6, Jalalon 6, Sangalang 6, Brondial 0, Herndon 0, Mendoza 0, Pascual 0.

Quarters: 29-22, 50-49, 75-68, 111-87.

 

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