PBA: Beermen back on track with strong performance vs. Blackwater

Paul Lintag on Feb 06, 2019 08:59 PM
PBA: Beermen back on track with strong performance vs. BWE
San Miguel broke the game wide-open in the third quarter, turning a 44-41 lead at the break into a 74-64 cushion entering the fourth. The Beermen just put the finishing touches of the win in the last 12 minutes.

San Miguel Beer has finally recovered.

The four-time defending champions stopped Blackwater Wednesday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, picking up a huge 93-79 win at the MOA Arena.

After an unusual two-game losing skid, the Beermen are back up to .500 with an even 3-3 card and at the same time, sending the Elite even further down the standings.

Blackwater sits with a 1-4 record following the 14-point loss.

San Miguel broke the game wide-open in the third quarter, turning a 44-41 lead at the break into a 74-64 cushion entering the fourth. The Beermen just put the finishing touches of the win in the last 12 minutes.

“Well ah, it’s a good win for us and this win will serve as a morale-booster,” head coach Leo Austria said.

“We're able to arrest our losing streak, which is two.  Marami sa amin yun eh. Nagbibiro lang ako,” he added, breakig out his signature laugh afterwards.

What was no laughin matter though was the champs’ performance.

Five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo led the way with 20 points while the returning Alex Cabagnot fired 19 points.

Chris Ross not only directed the offense but he also contributed 14 points for good measure.

Meanwhile, Blackwater got 17 from Roi Sumang and another 14 from Mike Digregorio though it wasn’t enough to keep in step with the superior Beermen.


The Scores:

San Miguel 93 - Fajardo 20, Cabagnot 19, Ross 14, Nabong 7, Lassiter 6, Santos 4, Tubid 2, Lanete 2, De Ocampo 2, Mamaril 0, Zamar 0, Vigil 0.

Blackwater 79 - Sumang 17, Digregorio 14, Maliksi 13, Javier 9, Tratter 9, Desiderio 4, Eriobu 4, Sena 0, Cortez 0, Palma 0, Dario 0.

Quarters: 19-29, 44-41, 74-64, 93-79.

 

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