San Miguel Beermen 108 – Magnolia Hotshots 99, San Miguel wins the 2018 Philippine Cup championship, 4-1
The San Miguel Beermen continue to make history. They won their fourth straight Philipine Cup crown, the only team with that achievement in the history of the PBA. But it wasn’t easy. The Magnolia Hotshots made the Beermen work in Game 5.
On the brink of elimination, the Magnolia Hotshots came out firing in the game today. They put on an all-out offensive display in the first three and a half quarters of the game. The Hotshots built on their near win in Game 4 and turned up the offense in Game 5. They ran out at every opportunity they got, finishing with 26 fast break points in the game. In the half court, they found the open man and drilled their shots from beyond the arc, hitting 12 treys at a 42% clip.
After taking only a slim lead after one quarter, Magnolia closed the first half on an 11-3 run to take a 16-point lead. In the third quarter they erupted for a 13-3 run to build their biggest lead in the game at 23 points. They still held a 16-point lead midway through the fourth quarter and looked like they were in full control.
But that’s when San Miguel made their move. The Beermen tightened up their defense and forced Magnolia into several turnovers in the latter part of the final period. That allowed them to go on a monster 13-0 as June Mar Fajardo got to work in the paint. The Kraken scored eight points in that run that brought San Miguel to within three points.
Arwind Santos came up clutch for the Beermen as he buried a booming three-pointer to tie the game with 16.5 seconds left. Magnolia still had a chance to win the game but they turned the ball over and breathed a sigh of relief as Marcio Lassiter’s game-winning attempt missed at the buzzer.
In the first overtime, both teams traded baskets as the Hotshots teamed up to try and pull out the win. Unfortunately for them, Fajardo had an answer to every basket. The game was tied at 94. The Hotshots went to Aldrech Ramos for the game-winner in the final seconds. But once again, the BPC was there to save the day. Fajardo blocked Ramos’ attempt sending the game into a second OT.
In the final five minutes of the game, the Beermen finally pulled away from an exhausted Magnolia team. Fajardo opened the period with a hook shot in the paint and Chris Ross hit a tough three-pointer before the shot clock expired to give the Beermen the separation they needed. Magnolia’s offense ran dry as San Miguel powered their way to the win in the second OT.
Fajardo was named the Finals MVP. He was dominant in this closeout game registering 42 points and 20 rebounds, his career-high for a Playoff or Finals game. Ross nearly had a quadruple-double. He finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and eight steals. Santos has 23 points and 11 rebounds while Lassiter added seven points.