San Miguel Beermen 92 – Magnolia Hotshots 77, San Miguel ties the series 1-1
This time around, the San Miguel Beermen made sure to close out the game strong. They built a big lead midway through the game and hammered home the win over the Magnolia Hotshots with a big run in the final period.
After a slow start to the game, Marcio Lassiter waxed hot in the second quarter to help the San Miguel Beermen pull away from the Magnolia Hotshots. Brian Heruela and Arwind Santos got the run started with back-to-bak three-pointers to give San Miguel and eight point lead. After Mark Barroca buried a floater to cut the lead down to six points, Lassiter buried back-to-back three-pointers to increase the lead to double-digits, 35-23. He wasn’t done scoring. After Magnolia cut the lead down to single-digits, Lassiter scored on a pull-up three-pointer and hit two free throws to increase the lead back up to 11. He finished off the quarter with two more free throws to keep the lead in double-digits heading into half time.
The Beermen opened the second half with six straight points off back-to-back hits from Alex Cabagnot and Santos to increase the lead up to 19. At that point, San Miguel was rolling. Fajardo and Cabagnot were unstoppable in the paint as they got to the line repeatedly. Matt Ganuelas-Rosser scored on a strong dunk and Cabagnot hit two free throws to increase the lead to as high as 21 points. The Beermen took an 18-point lead heading into the pivotal final period.
Just like in Game 1, the Hotshots went on another searing run to start the fourth quarter. They went on an 11-0 run led by Barroca who opened the quarter with a jump shot and a three-pointer. The Beermen’s lead was cut down to just seven points and it seemed like Magnolia would repeat the script in Game 1. But that was the last time they would threaten. San Miguel scored on a 10-0 run as the starters took control of the game. Santos opened the run with a three-pointer, Fajardo and Chris Ross added scores inside and Lassiter closed the run with a booming trey.
The Beermen held on to their double-digit lead the rest of the way. Five Beermen scored in double-figures led by 24 points from Santos. Lassiter finished with 16 points after his torrid second quarter run. Fajardo had a quiet double-double with 12 points and 13 boards. San Miguel shot a clean 45% from the field and 43% from beyond the arc. The Hotshots were limited to only 39% shooting in the game.
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