San Miguel secures a playoff spot, Magnolia strengthens their quarters bid

San Miguel Beermen 115 – Blackwater Elite 106

The San Miguel Beermen secured a spot in the quarterfinals with their sixth win over. They take down the Blackwater Elite with a balanced effort from the entire team.

The Elite were just playing the spoiler’s role in the game today. They jumped out to a fast start, dropping 34 points and took an early six-point lead. But they couldn’t maintain their offense throughout the game. The Beermen proceeded to execute their offense cleaner in the second quarter. Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter teamed up in the second period as San Miguel outscored Blackwater by 14 to take an eight-point lead.

The Beermen continued to pour on the points in the second half. They built a 24-point lead. Seven Beermen scored in double figures as they cruised to an easy win. Santos had a big game with 23 points and 15 boards. Lassiter backed him up, scoring 18. Kelly Nabong, the Beermen’s newest addition, made an immediate impact with 13 points off the bench. June Mar Fajardo, Renaldo Balkman, Alex Cabagnot and Brian Heruela all broke the double-digit barrier as well.

Magnolia Hotshots 116 – NLEX Road Warriors 89

The Magnolia Hotshots got some separation from the eighth seed as they got to .500 with a win over the NLEX Road Warriors.

Wayne Chism made his impact felt immediately for the Hotshots. He powered Magnolia with 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists in his debut with his new team. With Chism leading the way, the Hotshots were able to build an eight-point lead heading into the final period.

That’s when the Hotshots pulled away from the Road Warriors for good. Jio Jalalon and Justin Melton dropped back-to-back treys on a 7-0 run to build a 15-point lead. Magnolia wasn’t done. The went on another 11-0 binge to pull away by 23 points and seal the win. Paul Lee backed Chism up with 21 points and six assists. Jalalon had 10 points and eight assists. Magnolia put an all-around offensive show to blowout NLEX.