PBA: San Miguel takes 3-1 lead as tempers flare in Game 4

Paul Lintag on Apr 23, 2019 09:45 PM
PBA: San Miguel takes 3-1 lead as tempers flare in Game 4
With tempers flaring that resulted to ejections and multiple technical fouls, the Beermen thrived as the Fuel Masters folded and the champs took a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-7.

Four-time defending champion San Miguel is one step away from making a fifth straight All-Filipino Finals.

The Beermen survived another physical outing in the Philippine Cup semifinals against no. 1 Phoenix, taking a big 114-91 win Tuesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

With tempers flaring that resulted to ejections and multiple technical fouls, the Beermen thrived as the Fuel Masters folded and the champs took a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-7.

San Miguel can close things out with a Game 5 victory on Thursday also at the Cuneta Astrodome.

“I never expect we’ll beat them by a large margin [but] Game 4 is very important, we don’t want to be in a 2-2 situation,” said head coach Leo Austria.

“The players are really focused, the compsure is there. I think we’ve learned a lot from the quarterfinals,” he added.

The game turned in favor of the Beermen late in the first half after a near-brawl by both teams.

The incident was ignted by an apparent punch by Alex Cabagnot to RJ Jazul’s nether regions. That prompted Alex Mallari to push Cabagnot to the floor which then caused Matt Ganuelas-Rosser to come flying in to defend his teammate.

As the dust settled, Mallari was ejected with two technical fouls while MGR got a tech of his own. Amazingly, Cabagnot got away with no violations.

Following the incident, San Miguel just pounded on the Fuel Masters, with Terrence Romeo scoring 17 straight points for the Beermen in the third quarter to put Phoenix away for good.

Even as the game was still highly physical and emotional in the second half, it was the Beermen that got the last laugh with a dominant decision.

Romeo led all scorers with 20 points while Cabagnot had 18. Arwind Santos finished with 16 points for good measure.

For Phoenix, only Calvin Abueva got to double figures with 19 points.

 

The scores: 

San Miguel 114 - Romeo 20, Cabagnot 18, Santos 16, Ross 10, Pessumal 10, Standhardinger 9, Fajardo 9, Rosser 8, Nabong 7, Zamar 5, Vigil 2, Lassiter 0, Mamaril 0, Tubid 0.

Phoenix 91 - Abueva 19, Jazul 9, Marcelo 9, Perkins 8, Chua 8, Kramer 7, Intal 7, Napoles 7, Wright 6, Mendoza 4, Mallari 3, Revilla 2, Dennison 2, Guevarra 0.

Quarterscores: 27-20, 59-48, 89-63, 114-91.

 

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