Fajardo scatters 27 as San Miguel dismantles NLEX to improve to 5-3

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San Miguel kept its lethal form in its return from an almost a month break, utterly dominating NLEX on the way to a 121-111 victory in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday.

Unrelenting on both ends, the Beermen opened a huge 24-point spread, 28-4, right in the opening quarter and led by as many as 31 in the lopsided victory that shoved SMB to solo third place at 5-3.

From a 73-42 count, the best the Road Warriors could do was to trim the gap to 12 early in the fourth quarter.

But the Beermen were quick to stretch the margin, and went on to complete a dominant wire-to-wire victory.

“Nakita ko yung self-motivation of our players. They played with a sense of urgency that we badly needed. They played really hard right in the first quarter and that set the tone of the match,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria.

The Road Warriors just couldn’t keep up with the Beermen and reeled to a fifth loss against two wins.

The scores:

San Miguel 121 – Fajardo 27, Cabagnot 18, Santos 17, Lassiter 16, Romeo 14, Pessumal 12, Ross 12, Zamar 4, Nabong 1, Mamaril 0, Vigil 0, Rosser 0.

NLEX 111 – Quinahan 17, Tiongson 16, Erram 16, Ighalo 14, Galanza 11, Tallo 10, Rios 8, Soyud 5, Paniamogan 5, Baguio 2, Lao 2, Magat 2, Taulava 2, Varilla 0, Porter 0.

Quarterscores: 31-14, 63-38, 94-77, 121-111.

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