San Miguel storms back from 23 points down, takes 1-0 series lead with 121-110 Game 1 win

ByAllan Lim


PBA Media Bureau

San Miguel stormed back from a 23-point deficit back in the 2nd quarter to take Game 1 of the best-of-three quarterfinal series with the TNT KaTropa, 121-110 Monday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Renaldo Balkman, June Mar Fajardo and sharp-shooter Marcio Lassiter took the cudgels for the Beermen in a fiery fightback which saw the defending champions take the upper hand for the first time in the closing seconds of the 3rd period.

The two teams then engaged in a nip-and-tuck affair to start the final canto before the Beermen uncorked a 16-0 blast to take a commanding 119-106 advantage with only a minute left in the game.

Balkman led San Miguel’s charge with 36 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

Reigning 4-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo came through with 27 points and 13 rebounds while Marcio Lassiter added 26 points anchored on 4 of 8 shooting from long distance.

Joshua Smith led the KaTropa with 17 points, 8 boards and 4 steals before fouling out with still 3 minutes left on the clock.

Roger Pogoy and Kelly Wiliams ably supported Smith with 17 and 16 points respectively.

Game 2 of the series is scheduled on Wednesday, July 11, 7:00pm at the same venue.

The scores:

San Miguel 121 – Balkman 36, Fajardo 27, Lassiter 26, Santos 10, Ross 9, Cabagnot 6, Ganuelas-Rosser 4, Nabong 3, Heruela 0, Vigil 0.

TNT 110 – Smith 17, Pogoy 17, Williams 16, Romeo 13, Semerad 11, Trollano 10, Castro 10, Rosario 9, Cruz 5, Taha 2, Golla 0, Garcia 0, Paredes 0, Carey 0, Tamsi 0, Reyes 0.

Quarterscores: 21-40, 48-62, 86-88, 121-110.

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