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Fajardo, McCullough tows San Miguel over TNT as Finals now down to virtual Best-of-Three

by Reynald Magallon, August 11, 2019 9:16pm

June Mar Fajardo and Chris McCullough made huge baskets in the end game to tow the San Miguel Beermen over the TNT KaTropa, 106-101, in Game Four of their 2019 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner's Cup Finals at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.

With the victory, the Beermen were able to tie the series arranging now a virtual Best-of-Three series.

San Miguel rode a pivotal 12-0 run in the third quarter, turning a 64-65 deficit into a 76-65 lead. They took care of the lead for the most part of the final frame before TNT unleashed a major uprising to try steal the advantage.

San Miguel was ahead by 11 points but back to back hits from Jayson Castro and Don Trollano cut the lead down to six, 84-90, halfway through the final frame. Fajardo responded with a short stab but Castro got the deuce back. Chris McCullough took care of his two free throws but Troy Rosario answered back on the other end before Castro added two more points to pull TNT to within four, 90-94, with 3:48 remaining.

McCullough and Jones then exchanged baskets before the SMB import cleaned up Chris Ross' missed layup to re-establish a six-point lead, 98-92.

Jones answered before drilling two free throws for TNT to come within two with 40 seconds remaining. Fajardo though kept the Beermen afloat with a short stab, giving SMB a four point cushion, 100-96, with 27 seconds left.

Castro turned the ball over on the other end before Cabagnot nailed two free throws. TNT then started to play the fouling game but SMB proved to be steady as they secured the win with four straight free throws.

McCullough led the attack for the Beermen with 27 points and 22 boards while Fajardo and Cabagnot contributed 22 and 25 markers, respectively, to help SMB tie the series at two games apiece.

Jones paced TNT with 32 point while Rosario added 24 markers.

The Beermen once again had a good start, leading at the end of the first frame, 31-22. The KaTropa, though, banked on a furious second quarter to recover and take a 52-51 lead.

Game Five will be on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

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