San Miguel Beer stretched its streak to four games and inched within a game of joint third placers Alaska Milk, Phoenix Petroleum and Blackwater with a 109-97 drubbing of Rain or Shine in the PBA Governors Cup at the Alonte Sports Arena here Saturday night.
The Beermen shook off a sluggish start, wresting the upper hand, 59-55, at the half then slowly pulling away for the crucial win in this Petron Blaze road tiff.
Coach Leo Austria and his troops take a six-day breather before shooting for a closing 7-4 win-loss mark in another Petron Blaze Saturday Special against the Meralco Bolts over at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
And it could well give them a finish inside the Top Five. The target, of course, is a Top Four windup for a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.
At 6-4, the Beermen are now just a game behind the Aces, the Fuel Masters and the Elite who are tied at third place at 7-3.
San Miguel 109 – Murphy 28, Cabagnot 24, Standhardinger 22, Santos 13, Lassiter 12, Nabong 3, Ross 2, Fajardo 2, Vigil 2, Heruela 1, Agovida 0, Semerad 0.
Rain or Shine 97 – Ahanmisi 26, Ponferada 15, Watson 13, Norwood 9, Torres 8, Daquioag 6, Borboran 5, Casi?o 4, Washington 3, Maiquez 3, Nambatac 3, Yap 2, Onwubere 0.
Quarterscores: 23-31, 59-55, 89-75, 109-97.