PBA: Balkman's 43 points lift Beermen to crucial win over TNT

Paul Lintag on Jun 16, 2018 09:17 PM
PBA: Balkman's 43 points lift SMB to crucial win over TNT
The Beermen got 43 points from import Renaldo Balkman and the defending champions avoided back-to-back defeats, improving to a 4-4 record to maintain its playoff spot.

Crucial victory for the reigning champions.

San Miguel had superior composure in the end, taking a big 99-94 win over rival TNT Saturday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the MOA Arena.

The Beermen got 43 points from import Renaldo Balkman and the defending champions avoided back-to-back defeats, improving to a 4-4 record to maintain its playoff spot.

San Miguel actually forced a three-way tie with Magnolia and Globalport for the 5th-7th spots.

"This a badly needed win," head coach Leo Austria said.

"Thankful kami na we were able to survive TNT. They [Beermen] know the importance of this game," he added.

[Related: PBA: Romeo, Lassiter ejected from TNT-SMB game for getting into each other's face]

The Beermen opened up a 15-point lead in the first half, 42-27, but that evaporated in the fourth as things got heated between both teams.

Terrence Romeo and Marcio Lassiter were ejected in the first half for a pair of technical fouls while Arwind Santos and Anthony Semerad were also thrown out in the fourth for getting flagrant 2 fouls.

[Related: PBA: Arwind ejected from SMB-TNT game for flagrant 2]

Tied at 83 with 7:36 to go, the Beermen mounted an 11-3 run behind Balkman, taking some much-needed cushion to hold on for the win in the end.

Balkman led the way with 43 points, 26 in the first half. He also had 15 rebounds and six blocks.

Four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo added 19 points for the Beermen.

The KaTropa, who took their second straight loss for a 6-3 record, got 26 points and 18 rebounds from import Joshua Smith.

 

The Scores:

San Miguel (99): Balkman 43, Fajardo 19, Cabagnot 12, Ross 7, Lassiter 7, Santos 7, Pessumal 4, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Lanete 0

TNT (94): Smith 26, Pogoy 13, Trollano 13, Rosario 8, Williams 8, Castro 7, Semerad 6, Reyes 6, Cruz 3, Romeo 2, Garcia 2, Taha 0 

 

Quarter scores: 33-22, 55-46, 79-72, 99-94

 

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