PBA: San Miguel drives past NLEX for easy win

Paul Lintag on Mar 08, 2019 09:53 PM
PBA: San Miguel drives past NLEX for easy win
Now winners of three straight games, the Beermen continue to climb the team standings, improving to 5-3 which is good for fourth at the moment.

Chalk this one up as a dominant win for the reigning four-time All-Filipino champions.

San Miguel Beer crushed NLEX Friday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, scoring a convincing 121-111 decision at the Big Dome.

Now winners of three straight games, the Beermen continue to climb the team standings, improving to 5-3 which is good for fourth at the moment.

“So happy for that win. We badly needed it dahil we’re still aiming for one of the top-2 spots,” head coach Leo Austria said.

“It’s very hard [but] the chance is still there,” he added.

Against NLEX, the Beermen wasted little time in establishing their dominance.

The champs got off to a 28-4 start capped by June Mar Fajardo’s first and only triple of the current PBA season.

NLEX managed to cut the deficit several times and there were several times when the Road Warriors were poised to get to within single digits and really make it a game.

However, San Miguel answered everything and ultimately, a 31-point lead was more than enough.

Five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo led San Miguel with a strong 27 points and 13 rebounds. The rest of the starters also finished in double figures led by 18 from Alex Cabagnot and 17 from Arwind santos.

Two players likewise scored at least 10 points from the bench with Terrence Romeo putting up 14 markers.

JR Quinahan had 17 for NLEX but the Road Warriors lost a second straight game for a 2-5 record.

 

The scores:

San Miguel 121 - Fajardo 27, Cabagnot 18, Santos 17, Lassiter 16, Romeo 14, Pessumal 12, Ross 12, Zamar 4, Nabong 1, Mamaril 0, Vigil 0, Rosser 0.

NLEX 111 - Quinahan 17, Tiongson 16, Erram 16, Ighalo 14, Galanza 11, Tallo 10, Rios 8, Soyud 5, Paniamogan 5, Baguio 2, Lao 2, Magat 2, Taulava 2, Varilla 0, Porter 0.

Quarters: 31-14, 63-38, 94-77, 121-111.

 


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