San Miguel opens Grand Slam drive with 118-93 demolition of Blackwater

PBA Media Bureau

IT SEEMS like San Miguel hasn’t skipped a beat.

The Beermen showed little rust from a three-week layoff, manhandling hard-luck Blackwater, 118-93, Saturday in the former’s PBA Governors Cup debut at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Picking up from where they left off in its Commissioner’s Cup title conquest over TNT that ended last July 2, SMB unleashed one scoring run after another while holding steady on the other end to deal Blackwater a third loss in as many games.

Winning coach Leo Austria was visibly pleased with the way his team maintained its razor-sharp form.

“I think it is our best start (in a conference) since winning a championship, eh,” noted Austria, who is looking to steer SMB to a season sweep.

“Usually kasi nag-i-struggle kami in our opening game, but this time hindi,” Austria went on, before adding the real test for his Beermen should come in their next two games that will see them taking on their victim in the Commissioner’s Cup finals, TNT on Wednesday and Star on Friday. – PBA

The scores:

San Miguel 118 – Lassiter 19, McKines 19, Fajardo 18, Espinas 16, Santos 12, Cabagnot 8, Heruela 7, McCarthy 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 4, Tubid 3, Agovida 2, De Ocampo 2, Pessumal 2, Reyes 1, Ross 0, Semerad 0.

Blackwater 93 – Digregorio 18, Erram 14, Sumang 14, Belo 13, Gamalinda 11, Sena 6, Banal 4, Cervantes 4, Pascual 4, Canaleta 3, Cruz 3, Aguilar 0, Miranda 0, Pinto 0, Simpson 0.

Quarterscores: 27-19; 59-36; 94-57; 118-93.