PBA Finals: San Miguel saves dynasty and forces Game 7
Paul Lintag on May 12, 2019 08:39 PM
The Philippine Cup will now go to a decisive Game 7, the first in a PBA Finals in four years or since TNT beat ROS in double overtime for the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup.
San Miguel Beer’s All-Filipino dynasty lives on.
The Beermen saved their championship Sunday, scoring an all-important 98-86 win over Magnolia in Game 6 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals at the Big Dome.
Needing a win to stay alive, San Miguel was focused from the jump, pounding the Hotshots to tie this series at three games each.
The Philippine Cup will now go to a decisive Game 7, the first in a PBA Finals in three years or since San Miguel completed the “Beeracle” run in the 2016 All-Filipino.
“Unang-una, nagpapa-salamat kami sa Panginoong Diyos ano, nai-tabla namin ang serye,” head coach Leo Austria said.
“I think next game, pinag-uusapan na dito ang legacy. And I hope, yung pride na nakuha namin in the past few years ay hindi namin mawala,” he added.
With their All-Filipino dynasty on the line, the Beermen wasted no time establishing their ground, leading 25-12 after the first.
San Miguel led by as many as 22 points but there was legitimate threat in the second half as the Hotshots managed to come to within six to end the thirf period.
The Beermen turned to their pair of MVPs as June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos combined for 18 points in the fourth and San Miguel pulled away for good to get the win.
Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter breached the 20-point barrier for the second straight game in this series, scoring 23 and 20 points respectively.
Chris Ross added 17 while Christian Standhardinger was strong off the bench, finishing with 16 points.
Five players scored in double figures for Magnolia led by 17 points from Jio Jalalon.
Game 5 hero Mark Barroca struggled for only six points in this Game 6 loss.
San Miguel 98 - Fajardo 23, Lassiter 20, Ross 17, Standhardinger 16, Romeo 9, Santos 8, Cabagnot 3, Rosser 0, Pessumal 0.
Magnolia 86 - Jalalon 17, Reavis 16, Sangalang 14, Brondial 12, Lee 10, Barroca 6, Dela Rosa 5, Herndon 5, Melton 4, Simon 0, Pascual 0.
Quarters: 25-12, 50-36, 68-62, 98-86.
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