PBA: Defending champion Beermen finally on the board

Paul Lintag on May 30, 2018 09:16 PM
PBA: Defending champion Beermen finally on the board
Down two, 86-88, the Beermen unleashed a 17-1 run in the fourth quarter to take a 14-point lead with less than a minute to go.

The champs are on the board.

San Miguel's experience prevailed over the upstart Phoenix Fuel Masters, scoring a 106-94 win Wednesday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Big Dome.

Down two, 86-88, the Beermen unleashed a 17-1 run in the fourth quarter to take a 14-point lead with less than a minute to go.

A Spider-Man dunk from Arwind Santos capped the rally.

That was enough for the defending champions to hold on for the win, their first this conference. San Miguel now has a 1-3 record.

"First of all, we're so lucky we're able to snatch this game," head coach Leo Austria said.

"This is a very important game for us. In the first half, we're really struggling. Mabuti na lang after the break, we realized na this is very important," he added.

The Beermen were down by as many as 13 in the first half as Eugene Phelps and Matthew Wright did the damage for Phoenix.

San Miguel was able to recover in the second half and thanks to a late-game surge sparked by Arwind Santos, the Beermen were able to finally pull away.

Import Renaldo Balkman led the charge for the champs all game long, scoring 35 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.

Christian Standhardinger had 18 while Santos finished with 13 points, 11 in the fourth quarter including the booming three that finally gave San Miguel the upper hand, 91-88.

For the Fuel Masters, they can't seem to put together a decent winning streak as they drop to 3-3.

Phelps scored 33 points, 12 in the fourth, but didn't have much local support in the final 12 minutes.

Wright added 17 for Phoenix.

 


The Scores:


San Miguel (106): Balkman 35, Standhardinger 18, Cabagnot 13, Santos 13, Lassiter 12, Fajardo 9, Ross 6, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Lanete 0, Heruela 0

Phoenix (94): Phelps 33, Wright 17, Jazul 10, Chua 8, Perkins 8, Wilson 6, Kramer 6, Chan 4, Mendoza 2, Revilla 0, Intal 0

Quarter scores: 17-18, 37-49, 70-72, 106-94

 


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