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Beermen avoid another collapse to tie Finals vs. Magnolia

No comebacks this time around. San Miguel Beer has tied the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, scoring a convincing 92-77 victory over Magnolia Sunday at the MOA Arena. Game 2 followed the same script as Game 1 just two days ago as the reigning three-time defending champions jumped on a commanding lead in the second half. San Miguel led by as many as 21 in the third period only to see the Hotshots storm back to cut it down to seven early in the fourth. Magnolia held the Beermen scoreless in the first four minutes of the final period. However, unlike in Game 1, San Miguel had an answer, turning to its pair of MVPs to restore order. Arwind Santos first hit a booming three for the champs first score of the fourth then June Mar Fajardo added a fastbreak layup for an 80-68 lead. Magnolia never threatened after that. "We learned our lesson from the last game we lost," head coach Leo Austria said. "Almost the same thing, we're able to lead. Last time lumamang kami ng 20 points hinabol nila, I have to give credit to the players talagang ayaw nila magpatalo," he added. Arwind Santos was sensational all game long for the Beermen, scoring a game-high 24 points on top of eight rebounds. More importantly, he hit six timely three-point shots to help San Miguel hold off Magnolia. Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot scored 16 and 15 points respectively while Fajardo submitted a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double. After the Hotshots got off to a 6-0 start, the Beermen settled down and went to work, taking a double-digit lead at the break, 48-35. The lead ballooned to as many as 21, 71-50, early in the second half. For Magnolia, it was Mark Barroca that led the way with 18 points while Paul Lee added 13. Game 1 hero Ian Sangalang was limited to only 11 points. Game 3 will be on Easter Sunday as the Finals will take a mini-break in observance of Holy Week.   The Scores: SAN MIGUEL 92 — Santos 24, Lassiter 16, Cabagnot 15, Fajardo 12, Heruela 10, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, Ross 5, Mamaril 4, De Ocampo 0, Vigil 0. MAGNOLIA 77 — Barroca 18, Lee 13, Sangalang 11, Dela Rosa 7, Ramos 7, Jalalon 6, Pascual 4, Reavis 4, Brondial 3, Herndon 2, Simon 2, Mendoza 0. Quarters: 19-17, 48-35, 75-57, 92-77.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnMar 25th, 2018

PBA: All-Filipino rulers get Grand Slam orders from SMC bosses

San Miguel's winning tradition endures. Following a 4-1 Finals conquest of Magnolia last week, the Beermen celebrated an unprecedented fourth straight Philippine Cup title Tuesday at the San Miguel headquarters in Ortigas. Establishing an undeniable All-Filipino dynasty and once again making their case as the greatest team in PBA history, the marching orders for the Beermen are simple now: go after the franchise's second Grand Slam. And after last year's failed attempt at a triple crown, San Miguel seems more determined to get the job done this year. However, even if the Beermen are chasing for more glory, the company's big boss would like to remind his flagship team to be grounded all the time. "Yun naman po ay pinagdadasal," SMC President Ramon S. Ang said in his speech, referring to the Grand Slam. "Sa awa ng Diyos, baka sakaling manalo tayo," he added. Still, while RSA is taking the humble approach, it always pays to be confident in your abilities. "What's next? Patikim pa lang ito. Sabi nga nila, one down, two to go." President of San Miguel Brewery, Inc., Bobby Huang said in his speech. With yet another dominant showing in the All-Filipino, the Beermen are certainly in position to go all the way this season. And their chances appear to be better now compared to last season as Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger is set to join the team sometime in the Commissioner's Cup.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Arwind and his best 'Swakwords of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup

Arwind Santos is a lot of things. Champion basketball star, most valuable player, fashion icon, recording artist, Feng Shui believer, and self-proclaimed DJ, Arwind is a pretty impressive fellow. Arwind is also pretty articulate. His #Swakwords have become legendary on Twitter. His #Swakwords in person are just as great, if not even better. When scribes ask for "two minutes" from a certain player, it's for one specific topic most of the time. If you're lucky, you get two topics. But when it comes to Arwind, a two-minute interview can give birth to five separate stories. Sometimes you don't even have to ask. He'll tell you himself Whether it's funny, controversial, or both, Arwind will give you something. Sometimes they make perfect sense, sometimes you'll ask yourself, "Ano daw?" That's Arwind Santos for you. He's the gift that keeps on giving. And in the Philippine Cup, Santos was on fire all conference long. These are the very best of Arwind's #Swakwords in the 2018 All-Filipino.   "San Miguel Beermen, ang pinaka-masarap sa lahat." In an explanation that only begged for more questions instead of giving out answers, Arwind uttered this brilliant line after the San Miguel Beermen won a fourth straight Philippine Cup title. Clarifying his earlier statements regarding rubbing alcohol, Arwind just... he didn't exactly make sense here. "Siguro yung alcohol na yun, walang iba kundi San Miguel Beermen, ang pinaka-masarap sa lahat," he said. Speaking of that rubbing alcohol...   "Ang tagal na naming di nakakatikim ng alcohol. Rubbing alcohol." Up 3-1 in the Finals, Arwind really, really wanted to celebrate already that's why he wanted to finish things off by Game 5. He might have slipped in his comment, probably he wanted a more PG answer. However, rubbing alcohol? Really? He didn't exactly make sense here again. But it's Arwind, this counts as gold.   "Gusto na naming mag-puyat." In the most childish motivation ever, Arwind uttered this line before the rubbing alcohol comment. By the way, all of this happened in the same interview. Again, up 3-1 in the Finals, Santos really, really, wanted to finish things off by Game 5. Why? Because he wants to stay up all night already, that's why. "Kami, gusto na namin mag-celebrate ng Friday. Gusto na naming mag-puyat," Arwind said as the Beermen took a commanding 3-1 lead in the Finals against Magnolia.   "May mga shadow eh. Parang yung lima nagiging walo." Frustrated after losing a game to Ginebra in the semifinals, Arwind Santos post-game rant was equal parts creative and hilarious. Implying that the Gin Kings once again got the better of the calls.... actually, the only thing he didn't actually say was the the referees favored Ginebra. That's what he was trying to say and he got fined P25,000 for it. "May mga shadow eh. Parang may mga shadow yung mga players kanina eh. Parang yung lima nagiging walo," Arwind said, obviously referring to the officiating. "Parang ganun eh, kaya nahihirapan kami bantayan kasi lima yung kalaban pero nagiging walo. Ewan ko kung sobrang bilis kaya may shadow?" he added, wondering on the mysteries of life.   "Siguro yung brief ko na lang ang magiging green, at least hindi na bawal yun kasi hindi nakikita." Technically, he said this last season but this line came from Arwind's undying love for anything green. However, the San Miguel Beermen's uniform don't match with the color green so if the PBA, for some reason, implemented a rule regarding acceptable color combinations, Santos says he's going to follow it for sure. Well... "Kung sakaling mangyari yun, susunod ako sa rules. Siguro yung brief ko na lang ang magiging green, at least hindi na bawal yun kasi hindi nakikita. May mga paraan naman sa mga ganung bagay," Arwind said. Feng Shui says green is Arwind's lucky color so...   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

June Mar will never let San Miguel down

San Miguel has its full trust on June Mar Fajardo. And more often than not, the star center delivers for San Miguel. The reigning four-time league MVP once again came through for the Beermen Friday for Game 5 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, leading San Miguel to a fourth straight All-Filipino title. In a double-overtime classic, Fajardo scored a playoff career-high 42 points to go along with 20 rebounds, powering San Miguel's comeback from 23 points down to stun the Magnolia Hotshots. He was named Finals MVP as well. "Ever since, kilala ko si June Mar eh," head coach Leo Austria started when talking about his prized ward. "Sometimes pag tinatanong namin yan, 'June Mar, mananalo ba tayo?' 'Coach, mananalo tayo.' You can see it naman from his facial expression," Coach Leo added. June Mar was practically unstoppable after the third quarter of Game 5. He scored 14 points in the fourth period and another 12 in overtime, eight in the second extra session. "That's the sign na he wants to finish this championship dahil alam niya na pagod na pagod na siya. He wants to have vacation dahil remember guys, during Holy Week, nasa bahay lang kami, kanya-kanyang nagpapa-kundisyon instead of going back to their respective families," Austria said. Fajardo was one of the San Miguel players who didn't get to go home. He stayed in Manila while his parents were in Cebu. Ever the team player, June Mar deflected credit once again despite being clearly the best player on the floor. "Thankful ako sa teammates ko na hindi kami nag-give up," he said. "Hinahanap ako ng teammates ko eh kailangan ko mag-produce, buti pumapasok tira ko. Dami ko mintis nung first half buti pumasok na nung fourth until the end," Fajardo added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

PBA Finals Game 5 By the Numbers: Next challengers, please

The latest challenger has fallen. San Miguel Beer extended its All-Filipino dynasty Friday, beating the Magnolia Hotshots in a double-overtime classic foe Game 5 of the Philippine Cup Finals. The Beermen won the series, 4-1. And before we move on to the inevitable Grand Slam talks again, let's take cues from the Beermen themselves and celebrate this title first. And by celebrate, we mean another round of By the Numbers.   4 Number of Philippine Cups won by San Miguel Beer in four years. Literally no team has ever done that before so yes, that's another historic achievement for the Beermen.   25 Total championships for San Miguel, the most in PBA history. No one even comes close to the Beermen. The team's tradition of winning is incredible.   6 Number of titles for San Miguel in the past 10 conferences. This current San Miguel dynasty started when head coach Leo Austria took over, the guy is a perfect 6 out of 6 in the PBA Finals. There's no end in sight for this amazing run for the Beermen.   42 Total points for Finals MVP June Mar Fajardo in Game 5. The Kraken was unstoppable as the Beermen rallied for the win, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter and another 12 in overtime, including eight in the second extra session. 42 points is also June Mar's playoff career high and most points scored by a local in the Finals since Jayson Castro scored 44 three years ago.   2 Number of steals needed by Chris Ross to complete the first quadruple-double in PBA history. Ross narrowly missed the mark, finishing with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and eight steals.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

PBA: Hotshots 100 percent not enough to handle SMB

The Hotshots waited so long and worked so hard to finally reach the PBA Finals. And when they got there, they were smashed by the almighty San Miguel Beermen. Seriously, in five games, Magnolia trailed at least 20 three different times and in the clincher, they blew a 23-point lead and lost in double overtime. If not for an incredible comeback in Game 1, the Beermen would have swept Magnolia. Instead, San Miguel won the Philippine Cup via a gentleman's sweep for a second year in a row. Still, Chito Victolero, playing in his first Finals a head coach. couldn't be more proud of his wards. "Wala na akong mahihiling sa mga players ko. Usapan naman namin, 100 percent effort. Sumobra pa nga eh," he said after the Hotshots lost the All-Filipino, 1-4. "Our goal is a grind out game, we achieved that. We stayed close. Two overtimes. Breaks of the game lang," Victolero added. The final two games of the series were games Magnolia wanted says Victolero. The Hotshots just couldn't pull it off. And after this experience, Victolero hopes his team can comeback healthy and try again next time. Hopefully, with a better result as well. "Hindi nakalusot," he said. "Sana makabalik ulit kami sa ganitong situation with a complete lineup," Victolero added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

Formidable Beermen notch historic win

June Mar Fajardo carried San Miguel Beer through two tension-filled overtime extensions for a 108-99 win against Magnolia in Game 5 of the best-of-seven finals of the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Fajardo, fresh from emerging as the league’ sixth straight Best Player of [...] The post Formidable Beermen notch historic win appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

Best of all time

June Mar Fajardo went full throttle on a night San Miguel Beer cemented its legacy as one of the greatest---if not the greatest--- PBA teams of all time. Playing like a man on a mission, Fajardo delivered one of the finest individual performances in Finals history as the Beermen rallied from 23 points down to outlast Magnolia in Game 5, 108-99, in double overtime and wrap up their fourth straight Philippine Cup crown at Mall of Asia Arena. The reigning Most Valuable Player exploded for a playoff career-high 42 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, becoming the first local to pull off such a feat as the Beermen won their fourth consecutive game of the series after dropping the opener....Keep on reading: Best of all time.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

Gift ko sa kanya… pagmamahal -- Aerieal Patnongon s championship gift for beau June Mar Fajardo

San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo is piling up ‘pogi points’ for his future father-in-law. Although the 6-foot-10 Beermen star is yet to pop the question, longtime girlfriend Aerieal Patnongon in a tweet last Wednesday in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 4 against Magnolia posted, ‘It’s my dad’s first time to watch his son-in-law’s game today.’ It’s my dad’s first time to watch his son-in-law’s game todaaay!! Hahaha kinakabahan ako for June Mar. Char HAHAHAA! — Aerieal Patnongon (@iamaeriealituh) April 4, 2018 Fajardo impressed Aerieal’s dad, Larry Patnongon, with his performance in that win before strengthening his bid as a future son-in-law when the big man muscled his way to 42 points and 20 rebounds in SMB’s four-peat Philippine Cup-clinching 108-99 double-overtime win over the Hotshots Friday night in Game 5 of the best-of-seven series at the MOA Arena.         “Actually nandito ang daddy ko nanood siya ulit pero umalis na rin kasi anong oras na eh,” the Cocolife middle blocker told ABS-CBN Sports after San Miguel completed a historic feat.    Fajardo earned his sixth PBA title and fourth All-Filipino crown and ended his night with his second Finals Most Valuable Player award.         “Sobrang nakaka-proud,” said Patnongon of her beau. “Ang sarap pa rin sa feeling kahit ilang beses na silang nagtsa-champion parang unang beses pa rin.” “Sobrang nakaka-proud kasi after nu’ng third quarter 20 points ang lamang nila (Magnolia) pero nahabol nila, talaganng tyinaga nila nu’ng fourth quarter. Sobrang heart of the champion nila,” she added. Asked about her championship reward for Fajardo. “Gift ko sa kanya… pagmamahal.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

Shooting for immortality

  On the cusp of another crown, San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria remained cautious. On the brink of a failed title bid, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero stayed defiant. That's how things are when the Beermen take the first of three tries to claim an unprecedented fourth PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night in squaring off with the desperate Hotshots in Game 5 at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Save for their fourth quarter collapse that led to a 105-103 Game 1 loss, the Beermen have been in cruise control in the best-of-seven series, where the Hotshots have yet to find an answer to their incredible firepower. Reigning Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo and Arwin...Keep on reading: Shooting for immortality.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

LIVE BLOG: 2018 PBA Finals Game 5 – Magnolia Hotshots vs San Miguel Beermen

MANILA, Philippines – Will there be another game? The San Miguel Beermen look to finish the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup finals while the Magnolia Hotshots aim to live another day as they lock horns for Game 5 at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, April 6. San Miguel, which has ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

SMB Now at Cusp Of PH Cup 4-Peat with Squeaker Over Magnolia

San Miguel Beermen moved forward to within a win from claiming its fourth consecutive PBA Philippine Cup title after an 84-80 cliffhanger over Magnolia Hotshots in Game 4 of the finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Wednesday night. The Beermen’s defense down the stretch paid dividends for them as they built […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

Beermen near PH Cup crown

The finals has been a stage where San Miguel guard Alex Cabagnot usually comes up with his finest performances. But with his teammates rising to the challenge the last two games of the PBA Philippine Cup series, Cabagnot willingly took the backseat, waiting for his moment to come. With Magnolia starting strong, Cabagnot rediscovered his lethal scoring touch to keep the Beermen afloat in the first half, before helping the defending champions weather a late onslaught by the Hotshots for a thrilling 84-80 victoryand a 3-1 series lead at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Cabagnot, the finals Most Valuable Player when San Miguel won last year's Commissioner's Cup, finished with 27 points o...Keep on reading: Beermen near PH Cup crown.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

3-1 Finals lead for San Miguel after frustrating Magnolia yet again

Magnolia didn't get embarrassed this time around. It didn't matter though. San Miguel took a commanding 3-1 lead in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, beating the Hotshots, 84-80, Wednesday at the Big Dome. The three-time champion Beermen rolled to their third straight win in this series and are now a victory away from completing an unprecedented four-peat in the All-Filipino. With nine seconds to go to either win the game outright or at least tie the count at 82-all, the Hotshots never even had the chance to take a shot as Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos helped the Beermen force a crucial turnover. Arwind then buried two free throws on the other end with about two seconds left to seal the final tally. "We all know that this game is a do-or-die for Magnolia, credit to their coaching staff, they were able to come up with a good game plan, especially on defense. They shackled us," head coach Leo Austria said. "But my team i really focused on this game, these players have the heart of a champion," he added. With their backs against the wall, the Hotshots came out with intensity, finally avoiding falling into huge deficits. Magnolia was in control in the first half however, San Miguel managed to turn it around in the third as BPC June Mar Fajardo went to work. The Beermen then managed to hold in the fourth to take the crucial victory. Alex Cabagnot led the champs with a brilliant offensive performance, firing a game-high 27 points while Marcio Lassiter added 18. Fajardo finished with 16, nine in the third, and Arwind Santos was good for 13 points. For the Hotshots, Ian Sangalang carried the offense with 22 but it wasnt enough for Magnolia to replicate the result of Game 1. Game 5, the first of three closeout games for the Beermen, is set for Friday at the MOA Arena.   The Scores: SAN MIGUEL 84 – Cabagnot 27, Lassiter 18, Fajardo 16, Santos 13, Ganuelas-Rosser 5, Ross 4, Espinas 1, Heruela 0, Pessumal 0. MAGNOLIA 80 – Sangalang 22, Dela Rosa 15, Barroca 14, Lee 9, Reavis 6, Simon 5, Jalalon 4, Ramos 3, Pascual 2, Gamalinda 0. Quarters: 14-20; 45-46; 69-64; 84-80. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

Arwind can t wait to win PBA Finals: Gusto na naming mag-puyat

Arwind Santos can't wait to finish off Magnolia in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. Santos not only wants a fourth straight Philippine Cup title, the former league MVP wants something far more important. Arwind wants to finish the series so he can stay up late at night again. Doing what exactly? Only Arwind knows. To be perfectly honest, it seems like Arwind also has no idea. He just wants the conference to wrap up with San Miguel's latest title conquest. "Kami, gusto na namin mag-celebrate ng Friday. Gusto na naming mag-puyat," Arwind said as the Beermen took a commanding 3-1 lead in the Finals against Magnolia. "Ang tagal na naming di nakakatikim ng alcohol. Rubbing alcohol," he added. It doesn't make sense but it's Arwind. He is the gift that keeps on giving. Turning serious, Santos says that the Beermen can't relax despite a 3-1 lead. San Miguel knows all too well that no lead is safe in the Finals. "Minsan, sabi nga nila, yung pinaka-mahirap kunin yung pang-finish eh so kailangan paghandaan namin yun," Santos said. "At alam naman din namin na hindi ganoon babagsak o ibibigay ng Magnolia ang laban kaya sabi nga nila, puso di ba?" Arwind added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

San Miguel tops Magnolia in Game 4, inches closer to 4th straight PH Cup title

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The San Miguel Beermen shrugged off a late comeback scare by the Magnolia Hotshots to inch closer to history with an 84-80 win in Game 4 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup finals at the Araneta Coliseum Wednesday, April 4.  San Miguel clinched a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

SMB eyes 3-1

Game today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) Game 4, best-of-seven finals 7 p.m. -- Magnolia vs. San Miguel IF you look at the past three PBA Philippine Cup finals series which San Miguel Beer won, you would find out that the Beermen, ironically, always started those series on the wrong foot. In….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

LIVE BLOG: 2018 PBA Finals Game 4 – Magnolia Hotshots vs San Miguel Beermen

MANILA, Philippines – The San Miguel Beermen shoot for a commanding lead while the Magnolia Hotshots seek to equalize in Game 4 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup finals on Wednesday, April 4, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.  Momentum is on the side of the mighty Beermen, which won  Game 2 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

San Miguel support crew just as potent as Fajardo, starters

Stopping reigning Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo and the rest of San Miguel Beer's starters is a daunting task in itself for Magnolia in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals. But the emergence of role players like Brian Heruela, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and Gabby Espinas has left the Hotshots with a bigger headache as they try to equalize the best-of-seven series on Wednesday. The Hotshots did limit Fajardo and Arwind Santos in Game 3, but just when they thought, they've solved half of their problems, more surfaced when Heruela, Rosser and Espinas came up big in the fourth quarter as the Beermen went on another outburst that resulted in a 111-87 win and a 2-1 edge on Sunday. Magnoli...Keep on reading: San Miguel support crew just as potent as Fajardo, starters.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

Sunday Sneaks Finals edition: Easter shoes are no joke

San Miguel wins so much games sometimes it's hard to find new storylines for the team. Winning has been a routine for the Beermen and you can only have so much especially if it's the same script over and over again. It's the same for such topics as Sunday Sneaks*.   *Sunday Sneaks on a Monday ¯backslash_(ツ)_/¯ You can only write so much especially if the players wear the same shoes all the time. Fortunately, we have Marcio Lassiter. Just like teammate Chris Ross, Super Marcio knows his shoes. He may not bust out fire as often as Chris does but Marcio makes sure to give us a treat every now and then. Sunday was no different as Lassiter was digging deep to make sure his sneaker game was appropriate for at least one half. In Game 3 of the Philippine Cup Finals against Magnolia, Marcio was wearing the Nike Kobe 8 System in the Easter colorway. It was Easter Sunday. Perfect. Featuring pastel colors, the 2013 release has teal on the forefoot of its engineered mesh upper before transitioning to yellow in the midfoot and purple in the heel. Accented by black branding and a black speckled midsole, one of the best, if not the best Kobe 8 colorway, is finished off with a gray outsole. Considering the Kobe 8, a performance beast, pumped out several classic colorways, the Easter rendition is a powerhouse in its own right. A sleeper powerhouse. Bonus:  Chris Ross was rocking the Air Jordan 11 Pantone. Nothing much, just some casual fire.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

PBA Finals Game 3 By the Numbers: Super effort for San Miguel

The 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals is starting to turn into a demonstration just how powerful San Miguel is and how the rest of the league can just submit themselves to an already-ongoing Beermen dynasty. For about three quarters, it appeared that Magnolia has solved its Finals woes and was ready to give the Beermen an actual fight. And then the fourth quarter happened. San Miguel just smashed Magnolia anew, registering yet another dominant win. To make matters worse for the Hotshots, more than half of the Beermen's vaunted starting 5 sat out the fourth quarter, including four-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo. Before we move on to a pivotal Game 4, let's take a quick look back at the numbers that defined Game 3 and how San Miguel might be on its way to a fourth straight All-Filipino title if Magnolia can't figure thins out.   24 Largest lead of the game for San Miguel Beer and the final margin of victory. The Beermen led by as many as 20 in Game 1. The Beermen led by as many as 21 in Game 2. The Beermen led by as many as 24 in Game 3. Do we really need to say more?   3 Number of quarters played by June Mar Fajardo in Game 3. Despite sitting out the fourth period, the Kraken was good for 21 points and 17 rebounds. Is Magnolia in trouble in these Finals? Yes, yes they are.   17 Point difference in the fourth quarter. Magnolia was in it to win it in Game 3 for three quarters. But then the Beermen just flipped the switch in the fourth, unloading a 17-3 run to start led by Marcio Lassiter and Brian Heruela to put the game away early. San Miguel took the fourth, 36-19, and they also took the lead in the series, 2-1.   33 Number of bench points for the Beermen. The key for San Miguel turning this series around has been the play of its second group. After the bench registered only one point in Game 1, which was actually courtesy of Chris Ross, the Beermen reserves have come alive since with Game 3 being their best performance so far. Heruela (11 points) continues to be a spark for the champs while Gabby Espinas (9 points) has joined the party as well.   37 percent Magnolia shot just 37 percent from the field in Game 3. With the Hotshots' defense crumbling anew, allowing 111 points for the Beermen on 50 percent shooting, Magnolia just can't afford to have its offense struggle as well. Paul Lee talked about the Hotshots wanting to give themselves a chance in these Finals. You have zero chance if you shoot 37 percent against San Miguel.   ---- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018