PBA Finals By the Numbers: The Empire Strikes Back

Paul Lintag on Jul 30, 2018 02:39 PM
PBA Finals By the Numbers: The Empire Strikes Back
For fans of the Beermen, Game 2 was the performance they probably imagined when the team drafted Christian Standhardinger no. 1 and saw the return of previously-controversial import Renaldo Balkman.

After a disastrous Game 1, defending champin San Miguel responded in kind to tie the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals at one win each against Brgy. Ginebra.

For fans of the Beermen, Game 2 was the performance they probably imagined when the team drafted Christian Standhardinger no. 1 and saw the return of previously-controversial import Renaldo Balkman.

San Miguel's Death Star finally fired its first true shot in Game 2 and it was equal parts glorious and destructive and it left the Gin Kings scrambling for answers just mere days after they landed a haymaker of their own by way of a 127-99 win in the series opener.

Before moving on to a pivotal Game 3, Game 2 deserves a quick look once again with By the Numbers.

 

 

5

Number of San Miguel players with at least 20 points.

Oh yes.

Four SMB locals chipped in at least 20 points each which hasn't happened since Game 4 of the 1997 All-Filipino Finals when Purefoods (Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codinera, Dindo Pumaren, Bong Ravena) did the trick vs. Gordon's Gin.

The five teammates with at least 20 points though, that's the first time it has happened in at least 26 years worth of Finals series in the PBA according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.

 

 

33

Total points for Alex Cabagnot in Game 2, a new PBA career-high.

Cabagnot tied his previous career high of 29 points in just three quarters against Ginebra in Game 2.

More importantly, the veteran point guard set the tone for San Miguel, dropping 22 points and eight assists in the first half alone as the Beermen ran away pretty quickly from the Gin Kings.

 

 

134

Total points for San Miguel in Game 2, most in a Finals game in 11 years or since Ginebra beat San Miguel, 146-11, in Game 4 of the 2017 Philippine Cup Finals.

 

 

75

Total points for San Miguel in the first half of Game 2, most in a Finals game in 11 years.

In the second half of Game 3 of the 2007 Philippine Cup Finals, the Gin Kings also had 75 points on their way to a 131-101 win over the Beermen.

 

 

15,042

Total number of fans at the Big Dome who witnessed Game 2, most in the Commissioner's Cup and second most this whole season.

 

 

58 percent

Total team shooting percentage for San Miguel in Game 2 of the Finals, a LOT better than just 39 percent in Game 1.

 

 

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