PBA: Beermen through to the quarters by taking out Elite

Paul Lintag on Jul 04, 2018 06:24 PM
PBA: Beermen through to the quarters by taking out Elite
With the victory, San Miguel has fully recovered from its horrofic 0-3 start and will make the quarterfinals with a game to spare.

San Miguel is moving on to the next round.

The defending champion Beermen smashed Blackwater in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, taking a booming 115-106 win Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

With the victory, San Miguel has fully recovered from its horrofic 0-3 start and will make the quarterfinals with a game to spare.

The Beermen are currently at 6-4, good for fifth place.

"That is a very important game samin, although alam namin na kaya naming manalo dito, I told them before the game na Blackwater is a very dangerous team," head coach Leo Austria said.

"I'm happy with my team even though we had a bad start," he added.

The Beermen gave up 34 points in the opening period, including an early 11-0 run, but settled down and dominated the rest of the way.

San Miguel responded with a 12-0 blast in the second quarter and the champs were already up by eight at the break.

With a balanced attack, the Beermen extended their lead to as high as 24 points before settling for the nine-point victory.

Seven players finished in double figures for the champs led by 23 points from Arwind Santos. The former MVP also added 15 rebounds.

Marcio Lassiter dropped 18 points while Kelly Nabong was good for 13 points.

For the Elite, who will end the mid-season joust with a 1-10 mark, it was Henry Walker that led the way with 26 points.

 

The scores: 

San Miguel 115 - Santos 23, Lassiter 18, Nabong 13, Balkman 12, Cabagnot 12, Fajardo 10, Heruela 10, Ross 7, Pessumal 6, Mamaril 2, Vigil 2, Rosser 0. 

Blackwater 106 - Walker 26, Digregorio 19, Pinto 13, Zamar 11, Banal 11, Al-Hussaini 10, Jose 6, Sena 4, Javier 2, Palma 2, Cortez 2, Maliksi 0. 

Quarterscores: 28-34, 57-49, 84-70, 115-106.

 

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