San Miguel overcomes 17-point deficit to complete bid for unprecedented five-peat in the Philippine Cup
by Reynald Magallon, May 15, 2019 10:13pm
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The San Miguel Beermen are once again the kings of the Philippine Cup after coming back from a 17-point deficit and snatch the victory 72-71 in the Game 7 of the Philippine Cup Finals and complete their bid for the unprecedented fifth straight all-filipino crown.
The Beermen climbed back from a 17-point hole in the third frame and came within one, 61-60 after a furious start in the fourth quarter. Both teams went back and forth since then, exchanging leads before a Cabagnot jumper gave SMB a one-point cushion, 68-67 midway in the final frame.
Sangalang answered with a layup but Fajardo willed his way inside to shove SMB back ahead, 70-69. Sangalang once again scored inside with two minutes left for a 71-70 cushion.
Cabagnot however came up huge in the crunch time drilling a tough fade away jumper to give SMB the lead for good as the Beermen clamped down on the defensive end in the dying seconds to secure the victory.
Cabagnot unloaded 18 points, nine in the fourth quarter while Fajardo poured in 17 markers and collared league record, 31 reounds.
SMB went off to a hot start with an early 7-0 blast but the Hotshots had an 8-2 retaliation to come within one, 9-8. Magnolia then clamped down on the defensive end slowing down the Beermen to lead at the end of first, 24-20.
It was Magnolia's turn to embark into a run at the start of the second frame, unleashing a 10-2 run to widen the gap, 34-22. They also limited the offensive powerhouse Beermen to just five points on that frame.
The Hotshots picked up where they left off as they extended the lead to 17 early in the third, 43-26. The Beermen cut the lead down to 10 after a 7-0 run. Both teams went back and forth since then with SMB managing to cut the lead down to eight, 58-50 at end of the third frame.
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