PBA: Beermen survive spirited Phoenix rally to take Game 1

Paul Lintag on Apr 13, 2019 08:52 PM
PBA: Beermen survive spirited Phoenix rally to take Game 1
San Miguel now leads the best-of-7 series, 1-0 with Game 2 set for Holy Monday.

It’s clearly four-time champion San Miguel Beer over no. 1 Phoenix, in Game 1 at least.

The Beermen got a rousing series-opening win Saturday at the MOA Arena, taking down the top-ranked Fuel Masters, 100-88, in their 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series.

San Miguel went to work in the middle periods, limiting Phoenix to only 32 points, as the champs built a 24-point lead.

However, the Fuel Masters would stage a comeback in the fourth, cutting the deficit to seven points. Ultimately, some timely baskets and a lot of Calvin Abueva misssed free throws helped the Beermen hold on.

San Miguel now leads the best-of-7 series, 1-0 with Game 2 set for Holy Monday.

“We’re so focused, especially the players,” head coach Leo Austria said.

“Everybody really wants to win. I’m so thankful for the players because of that sense of urgency na sinasabi namin [is already there]. They know the importance of the first game and this series,” he added.

With five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo limited due to a bad fall in the second quarter and some foul troube, the Beermen turned to their backcourt for some much-needed firepower.

Alex Cabagnot led the way, shooting for 26 points while Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter were good for 14 points each.

For the top-ranked Fuel Masters, it was Matthew Wright that led the way with 22 markers.

Calvin Abueva added 18 points and 21 rebounds for Phoenix however, the Beast only shot 6/22 from the field. He was also responsible for 10 of his team’s 13 total missed free throws. 

 

The Scores:
 
San Miguel 100 - Cabagnot 26, Ross 14, Lassiter 14, Standhardinger 12, Santos 9, Fajardo 9, Tubid 6, Romeo 5, Pessumal 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Nabong 0.
 
Phoenix 88 - Wright 22, Abueva 18, Jazul 11, Mallari 11, Perkins 6, Revilla 7, Chua 5, Marcelo 4, Intal 3, Kramer 1, Mendoza 0, Dennison 0.
 
Quarters: 21-27, 49-39, 81-59, 100-88.

 


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