San Miguel Beer had had enough of scary squeakers.
The Beermen showed their stuffs as a champion team and subdued the Star Hotshots, 109-102, to claim the first berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Friday night.
The Beermen broke away in the third period, 83-69, and led by as many as 17 early in the fourth that proved enough cushion against the Hotshots’ endgame chase.
They won the series at three-games-to-one as they strung up three straight victories after dropping Game One. They set them up for the series clincher following thrillers of triumphs in Game Two (77-76) and Game Three (111-110).
But the Beermen asserted themselves in Game Four on big games by Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross and June Mar Fajardo, and lined themselves up for a shot at a second crown this season.
They await the winner of the TNT KaTropa-Barangay Ginebra series. – PBA
SMB 109 – Cabagnot 26, Ross 24, Fajardo 22, Rhodes 21, Lassiter 8, Santos 4, Heruela 3, Espinas 1, Tubid 0
STAR 102 – Ratliffe 36, Maliksi 16, Barroca 13, Sangalang 11, Ramos 9, Lee 8, Jalalon 6, Simon 3, Melton 0, Reavis 0.
Quarterscores: 29-27, 52-49, 83-69, 109-102.