June Mar scores 42 as Beermen complete Philippine Cup four-peat

Paul Lintag on Apr 06, 2018 10:12 PM
June Mar scores 42 as Beermen complete four-peat
Rallying in the fourth period, San Miguel fought off Magnolia 10 extra minutes, winning the series, 4-1.

San Miguel won its fourth straight Philippine Cup the hard way.

The Beermen erased a 23-point lead to beat Magnolia in Game 5 of the Finals, scoring a pulsating 108-99 double-overtime victory Friday at the MOA Arena.

Rallying in the fourth period, San Miguel fought off Magnolia in 10 extra minutes to win the series, 4-1.

The Beermen became the first team in history to win the All-Filipino four times in four years and San Miguel raised a PBA trophy for the 25th time, extending its own all-time record.

"I really don't know what to say. I'm overwhelmed with what happened in this fifth game, dahil we thought na we will extend the series to Game 6," head coach Leo Austria said.

"But the players didn't give up eh, and when we caught up, the team realized na it is possible, and talagang nangyari eh," he added.

Facing elimination, the Hotshots were on a mission all game long, opening up a 71-48 lead in the third.

However, San Miguel managed to cut te deficit to 14 entering the fourth and four-time league MVP and Best Player of the Conference June Mar Fajardo just went to work in the final 12 minutes.

Fajardo scored 14 in the fourth, giving the Beermen a chance.

Arwind Santos took advantage of that chance as he connected on a booming three off a broken play to force an 86-all tie with 19.5 seconds to go.

San Miguel almost won the title outright after Marcio Lassiter forced a turnover in the dying seconds of regulation but his off-balanced corner three as time expired narrowly missed its mark.

In the first overtime period, San Miguel once again had the chance to win the championship with one basket, nearly forcing a turnover on Rafi Reavis underneath their own basket. In the ensuing dogpile, officials ruled a jump ball at center court.

Arwind botched the jump for the Beermen, giving the Hotshots a chance for the win with 2.8 seconds to go. Aldrech Ramos missed his own off-balanced corner triple as the game went to a second overtime tied at 94.

San Miguel scored seven straight to start the second extra session to take the cushion it sorely needed. Fajardo scored eight points in the second overtime to complete the win.

The Kraken fired 42 points, a new playoff career-high, on top of 20 rebounds. June Mar won Finals MVP for his efforts, averaging 24.4 points and 16.2 rebounds in the series.

Arwind scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Chris Ross narrowly missed out on the first quadruple double in PBA history. Ross finished 13 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and eight steals.

Marcio Lassiter added another 16 points for the champs.

For the Hotshots, it was Paul Lee that led the way with 21 points however, he only scored two points in the fourth and had zero in both overtim periods.

Rome Dela Rosa fired 19 and Rafi Reavis scored 13 for Magnolia.


The Scores:

San Miguel 108 - Fajardo 42, Santos 23, Lassiter 16, Ross 13, Cabagnot 7, Heruela 3, Rosser 2, Espinas 2.

Magnolia 99 - Lee 21, Dela Rosa 19, Reavis 13, Barroca 12, Sangalang 11, Ramos 8, Gamalinda 6, Jalalon 5, Pascual 2, Brondial 2.

Quarterscores: 19-21, 37-53, 60-74, 86-86, 94-94, 108-99.



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