San Miguel used some long-distance shooting to cut short Phoenix Pulse’s conference.
The Beermen boomed in 14 triples to complement their June Mar Fajardo-anchored inside game in beating the Fuel Masters 105-94 Thursday for the first finals seat in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot set the tone early by combining for some deep shots before Arwind Santos, Terrence Romeo and Fajardo took SMB home after Phoenix came fighting back from 25 points down to make a fight of it in the fourth quarter.
Following their second straight win in the best-of-seven series, the Beermen were able to close the duel in just five games and are set to take on the winner of the other semis pairing pitting Magnolia Ang Pambansang Manok and Rain or Shine in another race-to-four affair that starts May 1.
“We’re so grateful we’re back in the finals,” said coach Leo Austria.