PBA Finals Game 3 By the Numbers: Super effort for San Miguel
Paul Lintag on Apr 02, 2018 12:27 PM
Marcio Lassiter and Brian Hereula made Magnolia submit in the fourth quarter of Game 3.
The 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals is starting to turn into a demonstration just how powerful San Miguel is and how the rest of the league can just submit themselves to an already-ongoing Beermen dynasty.
For about three quarters, it appeared that Magnolia has solved its Finals woes and was ready to give the Beermen an actual fight.
And then the fourth quarter happened.
San Miguel just smashed Magnolia anew, registering yet another dominant win.
To make matters worse for the Hotshots, more than half of the Beermen's vaunted starting 5 sat out the fourth quarter, including four-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo.
Before we move on to a pivotal Game 4, let's take a quick look back at the numbers that defined Game 3 and how San Miguel might be on its way to a fourth straight All-Filipino title if Magnolia can't figure thins out.
Largest lead of the game for San Miguel Beer and the final margin of victory.
The Beermen led by as many as 20 in Game 1. The Beermen led by as many as 21 in Game 2.
The Beermen led by as many as 24 in Game 3. Do we really need to say more?
Number of quarters played by June Mar Fajardo in Game 3.
Despite sitting out the fourth period, the Kraken was good for 21 points and 17 rebounds. Is Magnolia in trouble in these Finals?
Yes, yes they are.
Point difference in the fourth quarter.
Magnolia was in it to win it in Game 3 for three quarters.
But then the Beermen just flipped the switch in the fourth, unloading a 17-3 run to start led by Marcio Lassiter and Brian Heruela to put the game away early. San Miguel took the fourth, 36-19, and they also took the lead in the series, 2-1.
Number of bench points for the Beermen.
The key for San Miguel turning this series around has been the play of its second group.
After the bench registered only one point in Game 1, which was actually courtesy of Chris Ross, the Beermen reserves have come alive since with Game 3 being their best performance so far.
Heruela (11 points) continues to be a spark for the champs while Gabby Espinas (9 points) has joined the party as well.
Magnolia shot just 37 percent from the field in Game 3.
With the Hotshots' defense crumbling anew, allowing 111 points for the Beermen on 50 percent shooting, Magnolia just can't afford to have its offense struggle as well.
Paul Lee talked about the Hotshots wanting to give themselves a chance in these Finals. You have zero chance if you shoot 37 percent against San Miguel.
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