PBA Finals By the Numbers: Release the Kraken
Paul Lintag on Aug 13, 2019 10:59 AM
Despite another strong start, the Beermen were having a hard time shaking off TNT. But then June Mar made his presence felt, scoring five straight baskets in the third as San Miguel landed its most telling run of the ball game. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
The 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup delivered another fine game Sunday.
San Miguel Beer just had more than enough in the second half to counter TNT, forcing a 2-2 tie in the best-of-7 series.
The Finals now move on to a pivotal Game 5 where the league’s two flagship teams battle for series control once agan. That should be extremely fun but before that, one last look at Game 4 with By the Numbers.
Total points for Alex Cabagnot in Game 4.
After scoring a combined six points in the two San Miguel losses in this series, Cabagnot was on target to start, scoring 13 right in the opening period.
Alex finished as the Beermen’s top local and when he’s playing well in this series, they win (He scored 19 points in Game 2). His performance is something to watch out for moving forward this series.
Total points for June Mar Fajardo in the third quarter.
Despite another strong start, the Beermen were having a hard time shaking off TNT. But then June Mar made his presence felt, scoring five straight baskets in the third as San Miguel landed its most telling run of the ball game.
Fajardo finished with 16 in the second half and 22 for the game, his final field goal in the fourth being the dagger hit the Beermen needed to win.
Total missed free throws for Best Import Terrence Jones.
Jones once again struggled from the line, going for 6/16 or just 37.5 percent. Only two players went to the charity stripe for TNT in Game 4, the other one being Jayson Castro.
The Blur went 6/6 and if Jones made 60 percent of his free throws, his conference average, Game 4 would have been a whole lot different.
Chris McCullough finished Game 4 with a strong 27 points, 16 in the second half, and 22 reboounds.
While it was Fajardo and Cabagnot that stole the show for the Beermen, C-Mac’s activity allowed San Miguel to pull through.
With the team having no timeouts for the better part of the last two minutes in regulation, McCullough, together with Fajardo andd Cabagnot, was steady and made little to no mistakes, making sure his solid outing was rewarded with the win.
Total Best Player of the Conference awards for Jayson Castro.
The TNT star broke a three-year drought and won BPC, beating June Mar Fajardo.
With five BPCs, the Blur has the most BPC awards among all guards in PBA history and is tied with Danny Ildefonso for second-most all time. June Mar leads everyone with eight BPCs.
Game 5 of these Finals is on Wednesday at the Big Dome.
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