San Miguel nailed its first back-to-back wins of the conference by routing Phoenix Pulse, 128-108, in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Chris McCullough followed up his impressive debut with another scintillating performance as the former NBA player scattered 37 points to go along with 13 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal in 33 minutes of play.
The Beermen, thus, improved to 4-5 which is currently good for 7th place in the team standings while the loss dropped the Fuel Masters one rung below their tormentors and tied with idle Alaska at 4-6.
“Finally, naka-back-to-back kami. Going to the next game, it gives us a lot of confidence. They lift our morale. Badly-needed yung win. I hope we can sustain,” said SMB coach Leo Austria during the post-game interview.
June Mar Fajardo backstopped McCullough with 22 points and 14 boards while Alex Cabagnot, who reached a career milestone by moving up to 7th in the league’s all-time leaders in assists with 3,228, added 16 markers. Terrence Romeo and Christian Standhardnger finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Richard Howell paced the Fuel Masters with 15 points and 14 rebounds while Matthew Wright and Rey Guavarra added 12 markers apiece.
San Miguel 128 – McCullough 37, Fajardo 22, Cabagnot 16, Romeo 13, Standhardinger 10, Pessumal 8, Lassiter 6, Santos 5, Lanete 3, Nabong 3, Ross 3, Zamar 2.
Phoenix 108 – Howell 15, Wright 14, Guevarra 14, Chua 12, Jazul 12, Mallari 10, Intal 8, Perkins 7, Marcelo 5, Napoles 5, Kramer 4, Gamboa 2, Wilson 0, Dennison 0.
Quarters: 30-21, 61-45, 97-70, 128-108.