SMB displays championship poise anew as Beermen frustrates Phoenix in Game Two thriller
by Reynald Magallon, April 15, 2019 9:45pm
Photo by Courtside Philippines
The San Miguel Beermen displayed their championship poise anew as they frustrated the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters,93-82,in the Game Two thriller of their Semifinals match-up at the Araneta Coliseum on Monday.
Phoenix seemed to be in total control of the ball game as they dominated the first two quarters.The Beermen who are visibly struggling against the Fuel Master defense, were down by as much as 12 points in the first half before Phoenix settled for a nine point lead at the break.
San Miguel though banked on a huge third quarter outburst that saw them come within two 63-61, with a little over a minute remaining in the third. Fajardo then tied the ball game at 63-all at the end of the third frame.
Phoenix however had a quick response at the onset of the payoff period with a quick 5-0 run for a 68-63 cushion. San Miguel then retaliated with their own 5-0 counter attack to once again tie the game.
Fajardo then went on in the final frame as he conspired with Marcio Lassiter and Terrence Romeo to power another fourth quarter surge for SMB as San Miguel created a little bit of separation, 84-80 with 1:37 remaining in the game.
Alex Cabagnot then drilled a free throw off a technical foul on the Fuel Masters for a delay of game after Abueva went to the dugout after getting called for his sixth foul. Fajardo then split his charities for a six point lead. The Beermen went on to drill their next charities to tally the final score as SMB proved to be steadier in the end game as they notched the victory and put the Fuel Masters on a 0-2 hole just before the Holy Week break. The defending champions also bucked a Christian Standhardinger early exit after being assessed of a flagrant foul penalty two after his hit on Calvin Abueva at the 6:10 mark of the second frame.
Fajardo had a monster game of 19 points and 18 rebounds while Marcio Lassiter and Terrence Romeo poured in 24 and 14 points respectively.
Meanwhile, Wright struggled in Game Two finishing just 13 points while Abueva carried much of the load with 16 markers.
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