PBA Finals: Beermen complete 5-peat with wild Game 7 win
Paul Lintag on May 15, 2019 10:04 PM
The Beermen are the All-Filipino champions after winning the best-of-7 series, 4-3.
It was a Game 7 for the ages.
San Miguel has won the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, scoring a sensational 72-71 win Wednesday at the Big Dome.
The Beermen are still the All-Filipino champions after winning the best-of-7 series, 4-3. San Miguel has also accomplished something that no other team has ever done and that’s capture five straight titles in the Philippine Cup.
Down by as many as 17 points, San Miguel had to rally in the fourth quarter with Alex Cabagnot, Terrence Romeo, Arwind Santos, and June Mar Fajardo all hitting crucial shots.
Cabagnot hit the biggest field goal for the Beermen, drilling a baseline fadeaway with 57 seconds to go for a 72-71 lead. That proved to be Game 7’s final make.
San Miguel then survived a Marcio Lassiter turnover late by stopping the Hotshots multiple times in the final minute to keep the score at 72-71.
Magnolia had one final chance to steal the title after Fajardo missed two free throws with 4.8 seconds to go but Paul Lee barely made it passed the opposing three-point line and his final attempt at a last basket was way off.
Cabagnot led the San Miguel offense with 18 points, half of them on the fourth quarter, while Arwind added 17 points to go along with 11 rebounds.
Finals MVP June Mar Fajardo also had 17 points on top of 31 huge rebounds. 31 rebounds is the most by any local in PBA history and Fajardo broke the previous record of 29 by Marcelo Simbulan for 7-Up in 1975.
Giving up the first seven poitns of Game 7, Magnolia recovered and delivered an incredible defensive performance, setting the tone of the game very early.
The Hotshots limited San Miguel to just five points in the second, the lowest ever in a Game 7, as they took over with a 43-26 lead early in the second half.
Ian Sangalang led the Hotshots with 18 points but only had five in the second half. Paul Lee and Rafi Reavis added 11 each for Magnolia.
The loss is particularly heartbreaking for the Hotshots as they gave up the series lead for the first time at the most inopportune time.
Magnolia missed out on a lot of things with the Game 7 defeat, including back-to-back conference titles and the distinction as the team that ended the greatest All-Filipino dynasty ever.
San Miguel 72 - Cabagnot 18, Santos 17, Fajardo 17, Ross 7, Lassiter 5, Romeo 4, Standhardinger 4, Rosser 0, Pessumal 0.
Magnolia 71 - Sangalang 18, Reavis 11, Lee 11, Jalalon 8, Barroca 7, Ramos 6, Melton 5, Dela Rosa 3, Brondial 2, Herndon 0.
Quarters: 20-24, 25-38, 50-58, 72-71.
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