PBA Finals: June Mar dominates as Beermen take Game 4

Paul Lintag on May 08, 2019 09:21 PM
PBA Finals: June Mar dominates as Beermen take Game 4
Fajardo shot 13/14 from the field for 31 points on top of 14 rebounds, leading San Miguel to a series-tying win in these Finals.

Faced with a must-win situation in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, San Miguel Beer turned to June Mar Fajardo.

The GOAT delivered.

June Mar, who earlier in the night won a 6th sraight All-Filipino Best Player of the Conference award, was dominant for the Beermen, leading the four-time champions to a strong 114-98 Game 4 win over Magnolia Wednesday at the Big Dome.

Fajardo shot 13/14 from the field for 31 points on top of 14 rebounds, leading San Miguel to a series-tying win in these Finals.

“This is the kind of game we are looking for from out team. From start to finish, we’re able to sustain our energy,” head coach Leo Austra said.

“What I like from our team is our energy, our focus, and our pride. Yun yung umiiral ngayon,” he added.

A very focused Beermen already dropped 54 points at the break as they tried to not fall into a defensive struggle against the Hotshots like in Game 3.

Then in the third, with Fajardo scoring 14 points, San Miguel built its largest lead of the night at 17 which would be more than enough to hold off Magnolia in the fourth.

After June Mar, Terrence Romeo shot 50 percent for 18 points to go along with five assists. 

Four others finished in double figures for the Beermen with Chris Ross scoring 15 and Christian Standhardinger posting 13 points.

Magnolia gave up 87 points through three quarters, which was five more than the output they allowed in all of Game 3.

It was a top-heavy offense for the Hotshots in the loss with Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon scoring 22 each. Ian Sangalang added 19 points but the next highest scorer after was Rafi Reavis with just nine.


The Scores:

San Miguel 114 - Fajardo 31, Romeo 18, Ross 15, Standhardinger 13, Santos 12, Cabagnot 11, Lassiter 6, Rosser 3, Pessumal 3, Nabong 2.

Magnolia 98 - Barroca 22, Jalalon 22, Sangalang 19, Reavis 9, Lee 7, Herndon 6, Dela Rosa 5, Calisaan 4, Melton 2, Brondial 2, Ramos 0, Pascual 0.

Quarters: 25-27, 56-47, 87-77, 114-98.


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