PBA Finals By the Numbers: Overwhelming offense

Paul Lintag on May 04, 2019 07:24 PM
PBA Finals By the Numbers: Overwhelming offense
Before moving on to a crucial third game, one final By the Numbers look from Game 2 of these 2019 All-Filipino Finals.

Dread it, run from it, a San Miguel comeback will still arrive.

Despite talking about how they’ve learned their lesson from the year prior, the Magnolia Hotshots still couldn’t hold off San Miguel Beer in Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

Following yet another Game 1 shocker, the defending champion Beermen issued a strong answer in Game 2, tying the best-of-7 series at one game each.

Before moving on to a crucial third game, one final By the Numbers look from Game 2 of these 2019 All-Filipino Finals.

 


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San Miguel ended up winning Game 2 by only seven points but it wasn’t even close especially when the Beermen pulled away in the middle quarters.

The Beermen led by as many as 21 points and despite the fact that the Hotshots had a spirited rally late, San Miguel was never threatened in the fourth period.


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The Beermen still only shot in the low 40s from the field as a team but they did have seven players finish in double figures in Game 2, including all five starters.

MVP June Mar Fajardo still had a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double but there was ample backup this time with guys like Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, and Marcio Lassiter putting points on the board.


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Terrence Romeo got his first-ever Finals win but Bro didn’t even finish the game as he was ejected midway through the fourth with consecutive technical fouls.

Romeo’s outburst didn’t affect San Miguel all that much in Game 2 but it could be interesting to find out if Terrence can keep his cool in these Finals and how would San Miguel react if he goes out of way again.


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Total free throws for San Miguel in Game 2.

Magnolia is giving up a ton of free throws so far in these Finals, a combined 65 in just two games.

In Game 2, the Beermen converted 26 free throws. In comparison, the Hotshots only had 19 attempts in Game 2, making 11 of them.


47 percent

One thing going for Magnolia however, is the team’s good shooting percentage from the field.

After shooting 46 percent in Game 1, the Hotshots slightly improved to 47 percent in Game 2, even scoring 35 points in the fourth quarter to make the final score somewhat respectable.

However, it’s pretty obvious that Magnolia will not beat San Miguel in a shootout so while the shooting numbers are nice, the Hotshots have some different issues to address particularly on the defensive end.

Game 3 of this series is on Sunday.

 

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