Terrence Jones had been the talk of the town all series long. Enter Chris McCullough big time now.
McCullough exploded for 19 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter, personally rallying San Miguel from 16 points down en route to a 99-94 triumph as the Beermen grabbed the crucial 3-2 lead in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-seven finale Wednesday night before a mammoth crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The sweet-shooting SMB import himself made the go-ahead basket, 95-94, on a strong drive off a phalanx of defenders and essentially clinched the stirring come-from-behind triumph on two freebies with 13.3 ticks to go.
The KaTropa went to Troy Rosario for their attempt to force overtime. As Rosario’s three-point try sailed short then Chris Ross grabbed possession, the Beermen and their supporters whooped it up in celebration of the tough, vital victory giving them two shots at wrapping up the crown in the midseason tourney.
The Beermen take their first shot in Game Six at 7 p.m. Friday also at the Big Dome.