San Miguel Beer banked on two reserves for the initial spark then went to its mainstays to finish the job in a come-from-behind 88-76 win over TNT KaTropa in the first Petron Blaze Saturday Special in the PBA Philippine Cup at the University of San Agustin Gym here.
Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and Brian Heruela made impact on the brief minutes that they played, providing the wake-up call the Beermen needed to remain unbeaten in the all-Filipino tourney.
As San Miguel had wiped out an early 12-point deficit, Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter came back to deliver the coup de grace as the Beermen nailed a third straight win while dealing the Texters a second loss in three starts.
The Beermen remained the only team with a clean slate in the tourney where they’re in chase of a fourth straight crown.
San Miguel 88 – Fajardo 20, Lassiter 15, Santos 15, Cabagnot 11, Ganuelas-Rosser 8, Pessumal 7, Ross 5, Heruela 5, De Ocampo 2, Semerad 0, Mamaril 0, Lanete 0.
TNT 76 – Rosario 15, Tautuaa 12, Pogoy 11, Castro 9, Garcia 9, Williams 9, Semerad 6, Reyes 5, Golla 0, Carey 0, Torres 0, Onwubere 0.
Quarters: 14-24, 35-36, 58-61, 88-76.