San Miguel prevails over Phoenix, ROS keeps twice-to-beat hopes alive

Rain or Shine 112 – Alaska 82

Alaska entered this game just wanting to exit the Governors’ Cup on a high note. But the game had bigger implications to Rain or Shine, and they took care of business in a dominating way.

The Elasto Painters broke open a tight ball game after out-scoring the Aces, 63-38 in the middle two quarters. Everyone save for Jewel Ponferrada was able to score for Rain or Shine, with four players notching double-digit scoring.

J’Nathan Bullock had 14 points as the Elasto Painters improved to 6-4 and stayed alive for one of four twice-to-beat edges in the quarter-finals. Beau Belga and Jericho Cruz added 12 markers apiece. Belga grabbed seven rebounds.

LaDontae Henton topscored for Alaska with 20 points. He also had seven boards and three blocks. The Aces wounded up with a 3-8 record, concluding what has been a disappointing Governors’ Cup run.

Veteran Tony Dela Cruz got the start in his final game, and he was the only other double-digit scorer for the Aces with 12 points. Another player who is set to retire, Dondon Hontiveros, didn’t have one of the best exits after an illustrious 17-year career, as he only finished with two points on 1-of-8 shooting.

San Miguel 109 – Phoenix 107

The San Miguel Beermen continued to pick up strength as the elimination round of the conference nears its end.

The Beermen fended off the Phoenix Fuel Masters to improve to 7-3 in the team standings, winning four games in a row. Three players filled the stat sheets for coach Leo Austria.

Terrence Watson had 26 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists. June Mar Fajardo had 24 points, 17 boards, and six blocks, while making all 12 of his free throw attempts. Alex Cabagnot also had 24 markers. He also grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out six assists.

San Miguel controlled the game after gaining momentum in the third and fourth quarters but still had to survive a late-game run by Phoenix.

The game was tied at 100 apiece beforw Watson broke the deadlock with two straight baskets. Fajardo added to the margin from the line. Jeff Chan made a basket on the other end while JC Intal knocked down a triple which cut the lead down to 107-105. But Cabagnot sealed the win, giving San Miguel a two-possession lead with two more charities.

Brandon Brown led the Fuel Masters with 30 points while Chan chipped in 18 markers. He and Intal both made two long-range shots each.

Phoenix likewise exits the Governors’ Cup in a disappointing manner, finishing with the second-worst record at 2-9. After two wins to open the conference, the team never found its groove again and suffered nine straight setbacks.

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