San Miguel kept its slate unblemished after running away late from the pesky Globalport, 107-90 in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.
With the Beermen trailing, 83-85, midway through the fourth quarter, college team mates Brian Heruela and June Mar Fajardo spearheaded a 24-5 finishing kick en route to another double digit victory.
The Beermen claimed their fifth win in as many games to stay atop of the league standings midway through the All-Flipino conference while ending Globalport’s three-game winning run to fall at 3-3.
The former University of Cebu Webmaster Heruela stepped up big time in the absence of Alex Cabagnot with a breakout game of 17 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals in just 23 minutes of action.
Cabagnot is expected to be out 3-4 weeks due to a partial tear on his right foot.
His long-time friend and reigning four-time Most Valuable Player Fajardo was on his usual fiery form, putting up a season-high 34 points on top of 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals and 3 blocks to tower over his Globalport frontcourt counterparts.
Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter added 17 markers apiece as the Beermen escaped a gallant stand from Globalport which just ran out of gas late in the tightly-contested battle.
Meanwhile, Stanley Pringle’s heroics of 23 markers, 6 boards, 2 dimes and 2 steals went wasted as Batang Pier failed to score an upset on the 3-time reigning All Filipino titlist San Miguel.
Kelly Nabong and Sean Anthony chipped in 15 markers each in a losing effort for Globalport.
SMB rekindles sibling rivalry against Ginebra while Globalport looks to bounce back versus Meralco on January 29 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
San Miguel 107 – Fajardo 34, Lassiter 17, Santos 17, Heruela 17, Ganuelas-Rosser 10, Ross 6, De Ocampo 4, Pessumal 2, Mamaril 0, Semerad 0, Vigil 0.
GlobalPort 93 – Pringle 23, Nabong 15, Anthony 15, Arana 11, Grey 9, Gabayni 6, Sargent 4, Guinto 4, Juico 3, Elorde 3, Taha 0, Flores 0.
Quarterscores: 22-25, 43-47, 74-72, 107-93.