PBA Finals By the Numbers: Beermen take instant classic

Paul Lintag on Aug 09, 2019 06:41 AM
PBA Finals By the Numbers: Beermen take instant classic
Before we move on to a pivotal Game 3, one last look at the second game of these Finals which was a crazy one for sure. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

Oh yes we have a series in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.

San Miguel Beer has answered TNT in Game 2 Wednesday and the titanic battle of these two flagship teams is now tied at one game each.

Before we move on to a pivotal Game 3, one last look at the second game of these Finals which was a crazy one for sure.

Seriously, a lot happened in Game 2 so let’s break this down with By the Numbers shall we?



Total three-pointers for San Miguel in Game 2. After struggling in Game 1, the Beermen were on target to score their first Finals win.

SMB shot 56 percent from deep and drilled 11 in the first half alone. The crazy thing is only three players were responsible. Chris Ross hit seven, Terrence Romeo landed six, and Alex Cabagnot connected on five triples.



Total three-pointers for TNT in Game 2.

It’s quite amazing that the KaTropa even managed to hit 16 triples, considering they shot 1/11 from deep in the first half.

Troy Rosario scored on eight treys and Jayson Castro was good for five. An alarming stat though is that RR Pogoy and Terrence Jones combined for only 1/15 from three, with Jones missing all nine of his attempts.

A combined 34 treys by both teams is a PBA Finals record.



Total overtimes in Game 2. Yeah, this game went the distance and then some.

The Beermen forced overtime twice before managing to hold on for the win. Since 1993, San Miguel is now 5-0 in PBA Finals games that went two overtimes.

The last Beermen win in double OT is Game 5 of the 2018 Philippine Cup Finals against Magnolia.



Total players that played pretty much at least 50 minutes in Game 2.

Chris McCullough topped out at 57 minues and 28 seconds while RR Pogoy (52:39), Terrence Jones (52:05 before ejection), and Jayson Castro (50:33) all broke the 50-minute mark.

Alex Cabagnot (49:47) and Chris Ross (49:42) round up to 50.



Total points for Terrence Romeo, most in his San Miguel stint so far.

Bro was locked in during Game 2 and three of his points were super clutch for the Beermen.

Needing a three to force overtime, Romeo stepped in for a booming triple that allowed San Miguel to secure the first extra session. All in all, Terrence came off the bench and shot 71 percent for 29 points, including duing 6/8 from deep.



Total points for Troy Rosario, a new career-high.

Rosario delivered a performance of a lifetime before fouling out late in the second overtime.

TNT’s top forward finished with 34 points, 25 in the fourth quarter and overtime. He also connected on eight triples, becoming only the 5th TNT player to score on at least eight triples in a game.



Largest lead of the night for San Miguel.

With an unconscious shooting display by Ross, Cabagnot, and Romeo, the Beermen raced to a 17-point lead in the first half

Jayson Castro woke up in the third and Troy Rosario completed the comeback in the fourth as TNT looked to put the Beermen on the ropes with a 2-0 lead.

But then Romeo forced a first overtime and Cabagnot forced another overtime and San Miguel somehow tied the Finals at one game each after an instant classic.

Game 3 Friday at the Big Dome.


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