Coach Leo Austria was thankful for one defensive gem at the finish that made up for the San Miguel Beermen’s poor defense all game long.
“We’re not able to execute our defensive game plan. We’re relaxed after our back-to-back wins. It’s good we’re able make one big stoppage at endgame,” said Austria after barely withstanding NorthPort, 114-107, at the Cuneta Astrodome Wednesday night.
The Beermen were ahead by one possession, 110-107, when they broke the Batang Pier’s crucial throw-in which Chris Ross parlayed into two free throws to stretch their lead to five with time down to 1:04.
San Miguel then had another defensive stop and preserved the win that ensured the Beermen of at least a playoff crack at a quarterfinals entry in the PBA Governors Cup.
Christian Standhardinger came up with a double-double game with 22 rebounds and 21 points while Kevin Murphy tossed in 27 markers to lead the Beermen to a third straight win and fifth in all against four losses.
San Miguel 114 – Murphy 27, Standhardinger 21, Cabagnot 17, Lassiter 16, Ross 14, Santos 7, Nabong 7, De Ocampo 5, Heruela 0, Ganuelas-Rosser 0.
NorthPort 107 – Anthony 24, Pringle 21, Grey 18, Woods 14, Tautuaa 6, Elorde 6, Espinas 4, Gabayni 4, Javelona 3, Arana 3, Flores 2, Guinto 2, Fortuna 0.
Quarterscores: 24-19; 58-52; 88-79; 114-107.