San Miguel Beer regained its bearing nearing the playoffs, snapping a three-game losing skein with an emphatic 117-100 win over Phoenix Petroleum in the PBA Governors Cup at the MOA Arena in Pasay City last night.
In the fourth quarter, the Beermen worked hard together to spark a breakaway en route to improving their record to 3-4 at eighth place.
The Fuel Masters, meanwhile, dropped to 6-3 after the game marred by a flagrant infraction by SMB import Kevin Murphy in an incident with Calvin Abueva late in the game.
Phoenix coach Louie Alas, team manager Paolo Bugia and player Doug Kramer drew technical fouls for leaving their bench during the commotion.
Murphy sat out the last 4:11 of play and settled for a 26-point output after two huge productions that both went for naught.
The former Utah Jazz finally nailed a first win in the PBA while drawing tremendous support from Standhardinger and Lassiter.
The SMB rifleman hit timely three-pointers and finished with 26 markers on top of eight assists and six rebounds.
San Miguel 117 – Standhardinger 29, Murphy 26, Lassiter 26, Cabagnot 12, Santos 10, Ross 8, Nabong 6, Ganuelas-Rosser 0.
Phoenix 100 – Phelps 37, Jazul 16, Abueva 13, Wright 11, Perkins 10, Intal 7, Chua 6, Revilla 0, Kramer 0, Wilson 0, Mendoza 0.
Quarterscores: 25-31, 56-45, 82-75, 117-100.