3-1 Finals lead for San Miguel after frustrating Magnolia yet again

Paul Lintag on Apr 04, 2018 09:35 PM
3-1 Finals lead for SMB after frustrating Magnolia yet again
The three-time champion Beermen rolled to their third straight win in this series and are now a victory away from completing an unprecedented four-peat in the All-Filipino.

Magnolia didn't get embarrassed this time around. It didn't matter though.

San Miguel took a commanding 3-1 lead in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, beating the Hotshots, 84-80, Wednesday at the Big Dome.

The three-time champion Beermen rolled to their third straight win in this series and are now a victory away from completing an unprecedented four-peat in the All-Filipino.

With nine seconds to go to either win the game outright or at least tie the count at 82-all, the Hotshots never even had the chance to take a shot as Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos helped the Beermen force a crucial turnover.

Arwind then buried two free throws on the other end with about two seconds left to seal the final tally.

"We all know that this game is a do-or-die for Magnolia, credit to their coaching staff, they were able to come up with a good game plan, especially on defense. They shackled us," head coach Leo Austria said.

"But my team i really focused on this game, these players have the heart of a champion," he added.

With their backs against the wall, the Hotshots came out with intensity, finally avoiding falling into huge deficits.

Magnolia was in control in the first half however, San Miguel managed to turn it around in the third as BPC June Mar Fajardo went to work. The Beermen then managed to hold in the fourth to take the crucial victory.

Alex Cabagnot led the champs with a brilliant offensive performance, firing a game-high 27 points while Marcio Lassiter added 18.

Fajardo finished with 16, nine in the third, and Arwind Santos was good for 13 points.

For the Hotshots, Ian Sangalang carried the offense with 22 but it wasnt enough for Magnolia to replicate the result of Game 1.

Game 5, the first of three closeout games for the Beermen, is set for Friday at the MOA Arena.

 

The Scores:

SAN MIGUEL 84 – Cabagnot 27, Lassiter 18, Fajardo 16, Santos 13, Ganuelas-Rosser 5, Ross 4, Espinas 1, Heruela 0, Pessumal 0.

MAGNOLIA 80 – Sangalang 22, Dela Rosa 15, Barroca 14, Lee 9, Reavis 6, Simon 5, Jalalon 4, Ramos 3, Pascual 2, Gamalinda 0.

Quarters: 14-20; 45-46; 69-64; 84-80.


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