PBA: San Miguel stops Ginebra rally to win first game
Paul Lintag on Jan 20, 2019 09:07 PM
Christian Standhardinger leads the way as San Miguel gets its first win of 2019.
The sleeping giant has been awakened, well sort of.
Four-time defending champion San Miguel won its first game of 2019, taking down Brgy. Ginebra, 99-91, in the Philippine Cup Sunday at the Big Dome.
The Beermen dominated most of the contest, leading by as many as 23 before holding on for dear life late in the fourth quarter.
With NSD in full effect, the Gin Kings managed to cut the deficit to five after back-to-back triples from LA Tenorio inside the final two minutes.
Fortunately for the Beermen, Marcio Lassiter took one triple back, re-establishing control for San Miguel with an eight-point lead with 1:12 to go. Both teams would trade garbage time baskets to finish things off.
"First of all, I'm so happy for this win, especially coming from that game we were expected to win [but lost]," head coach Leo Austria said.
"It's a good thing nakabawi kami ngayon at malaking isda pa yung nabingwit nila," he added.
All five starters finished in double figures for the Beermen led by Christian Standhardinger with 26 points.
Chris Ross scored 22 on top of six rebounds and eight assists while Marcio Lassiter was good for 16.
Ginebra got 24 from LA Tenorio and another 20 from Japeth Aguilar but it was not enough for the win. The Gin Kings dropped to 1-1 with the loss.
San Miguel 99 - Standhardinger 26, Ross 22, Lassiter 16, Pessumal 13, Fajardo 10, Santos 6, Nabong 6, Tubid 0, Zamar 0.
Ginebra 91 - Tenorio 24, Aguilar 20, Slaughter 11, Thompson 9, Devance 6, Teodoro 6, Dela Cruz 4, Ferrer 4, Caguioa 3, Mariano 2, Mercado 2.
Quarters: 20-17, 44-35, 78-57, 99-91.
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