RR Garcia erupts for 25 as San Miguel advances to the semis via 98-91 win over Rain or Shine

PBA Media Bureau

The No. 1-seeded San Miguel Beermen advanced to the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup semifinals after dumping the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 98-91, in their quarterfinal match on Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

RR Garcia gave San Miguel a nice surprise, exploding for 25 points from off the bench. He shot 5-for-7 from beyond the arc and scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, where the Beermen put the game away.

June Mar Fajardo logged another double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds while four other players – Arwind Santos, Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter and Gabby Espinas – finished in double figures.

SMB, which held a twice-to-beat advantage in this series, now awaits the winner of the TNT-GlobalPort series. – InterAksyon.com

The scores:

San Miguel Beermen 98 – Garcia 25, Fajardo 14, Sntos 13, Ross 13, Lassiter 11, Espinas 10, Cabagnot 9, Tubid 3, De Ocampo 0.

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 91 – Belga 18, Washington 16, Norwood 14, Ahanmisi 12, Ponferada 10, Yap 9, Chan 6, Cruz 4, Matias 2, Tolomia 0, Tiu 0, Trollano 0.

Quarterscores: 28-21, 51-38, 74-67, 98-91.