PBA Finals By the Numbers: Déjà Vu
Paul Lintag on May 02, 2019 02:05 PM
The Hotshots’ greatest strength was highlighted in the series opener, with all the key guys in the backcourt rotation being productive.
Both the 2018 and 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals feature the same protagonists in defending champion San Miguel Beer and challenger Magnolia.
After Wednesday’s Game 1, both series also feature the same start with the Hotshots scoring a stunner early.
We all know how the 2018 Finals turned out. Will the 2019 version follow suit? Before we go there however, one final look with Game 1 with By the Numbers PBA Finals edition.
Total points scored by San Miguel top gunner Marcio Lassiter. In almost 33 minutes of play, Lassiter shot 0/8 from the field and pretty much highlighter the struggles of the Beermen backcourt.
After Lassiter, Chris Ross and Terrence Romeo each shot 2/11 from the field for little production. Alex Cabagnot had his usual numbers and Von Pessumal actualy played a perfect game in limited minutes, but the San Miguel backcourt has to match the production of its Magnolia counterpart to give MVP June Mar Fajardo some breathing room.
Total points for June Mar Fajardo in Game 1.
Speaking of the MVP, June Mar picked up where he left off from last year’s Finals pretty much, feasting on the Magnolia defense for 35 points and 21 rebounds.
Fajardo is a problem (duh) and the Hotshots got away with a five-point win because June Mar’s supporting cast fired blanks. That won’t happen often in a long series so Magnolia will have to limit the Kraken’s production in order to follow up on a Game 1 stunner.
Same lead for Magnolia in last year’s Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel Beer.
The Hotshots lost four straight in 2018 but they insist things are different in 2019. That remains to be seen as Magnolia preps for a sure answer from the Beermen in Game 2.
Total points for the Magnolia backcourt in Game 1.
The Hotshots’ greatest strength was highlighted in the series opener, with all the key guys in the rotation being productive.
Paul Lee led the pack with 18 points followed by Mark Barroca with 17. Jio Jalalon and Justin Melton came off the bench and added 16 and 11 points respectively.
Magnolia’s guard play will be key in this series for sure.
The vaunted Magnolia defense limited San Miguel to only 37 percent shooting from the field in Game 1.
It wasn’t a perfect defensive performance for the Hotshots but it was enough to hold off a usually high-powered Beermen offense for a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-7.
Game 2 is on Friday at the Big Dome.
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