Kevin Murphy bled for his points in the first three quarters but came through at endgame as San Miguel Beer salvaged a 107-96 win over TNT KaTropa in their Petron Blaze road showdown at the Calasiao Sports Center here last night.
Murphy, held to 16 points in the first 44 minutes of play, exploded for 11 in the crunch, leading the way as the Beermen came from behind to stop the Texters and move two rungs up to sixth place at 4-4.
Christian Standhardinger, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross also played key roles as the Beermen scored a second straight win after a 117-100 thrashing of the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Oct. 12.
They try to stoke the fire of their back-to-back wins in chase of a quarters berth in their last three games against the NorthPort Batang Pier, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the Meralco Bolts.
TNT, meanwhile, dropped down to joint seventh with NLEX at 4-5.
Murphy found a good rhythm at the finish and even wound up with a near triple-double showing with 27 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
San Miguel 107 – Murphy 27, Standhardinger 21, Santos 18, Lassiter 13, Nabong 12, Ross 10, Cabagnot 6, De Ocampo 0, Heruela 0, Mamaril 0.
TNT 96 – Blakely 26, Pogoy 21, Romeo 18, Williams 11, Cruz 7, Trollano 6, Carey 4, Rosario 2, Garcia 1, Reyes 0, Paredes 0.
Quarterscores: 27-25, 50-54, 75-80, 107-96.