Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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MANILA – The San Miguel Beermen bucked a slow start to score a 110-88 victory over the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the 2017 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo led the way with 22 points and eight rebounds for the Beermen, which tallied its second consecutive win in as many outings this conference.
Reinforcement Charles Rhodes had double-double 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross shot 15, 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the Beermen.
The Beermen pulled off the lopsided victory despite the absence of Ilonggo gunner Ronald Tubid, who was slapped with a two-game suspension by PBA commissioner Andres Narvasa.
“So far, we are happy with the results. Despite na sluggish start namin, nakaka-recover kami,” said Beermen head coach Leo Austria. “I think this is our best start (in Commissioner’s Cup).”
Holding on to a slim 24-23 lead at the end of the opening period, the Beermen went on a scoring surge in the second frame behind Fajardo, Cabagnot and Lassiter for a 55-40 lead at halftime.
The Beermen continued to pounce on the Fuel Masters’ erratic play in the second half to widen its lead to its largest of the match at 96-71 on a conversion by Cabagnot with just over six minutes left in the game.
Jameel McKay top-scored with 21 points and 16 rebounds, while RJ Jazul and JC Intal added 16 and 14 markers, respectively, for the Fuel Masters, which dropped to a 2-3 win-loss record./PN