Aldrech Ramos erupts as Mahindra scores out-of-town win over Philippine Cup champs SMB.The Mahindra Enforcers spoiled the 2016 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut of last conference’s champions, the San Miguel Beermen, 102-96, behind a big shooting performance from Aldrech Ramos on Saturday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.
Ramos exploded for 26 points, including an impressive 6-for-7 (85%) clip from beyond the three-point line to lead Mahindra, which is now 2-1 for the conference.
Point guard LA Revilla had 19 points six rebounds and four assists while import Augustus Gilchrist had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
KG Canaleta also had 15 points, including a string of three-pointers in the fourth quarter, while Karl Dehesa had 10 points and a team-high five assists.
Ramos went a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the three-point line in the second quarter, where he scored 17 of his 19 first half points.
He hit two of those early in the period before stretching his team’s lead from one point to seven, 36-29, with back-to-back triples later in the quarter.
He hit his fifth trey with 47 seconds left in the second, helping ensure that his Mahindra entered the break with the lead. The Enforcers led, 51-45, at the half.
Ramos had 19 points and three rebounds in under 15 minutes of play in the first half. Gilchrist added 11 points and seven boards.
Tyler Wilkerson led San Miguel 14 points. June Mar Fajardo only had five points in about nine minutes of play.
Mahindra saw its lead cut down to one but went on a 12-2 run in the third quarter to push their advantage up to double digits, 72-61. Six different Enforcers scored in the run with none of them chipping in more than two points.
But San Miguel got a pair of late three-pointers from Ryan Arana and Fajardo scored late in the period as the Beermen came to within five, 74-69, at the end of three.
SMB rattled off seven unanswered points on an Arwind Santos three and a pair of baskets from Wilkerson as they tied the game at 76-all. But Mahindra got back-to-back threes from Dehesa and Ramos made it a six-point lead, 82-76.
The Beermen came back even stronger, responding with a 10-2 run to claim the lead, 86-84.
But Canaleta came into the game and instantly made his presence felt, knocking down three-pointers on three consecutive possessions as the Enforcers surged ahead again, 93-86, after a 9-0 run.
Wilkerson got San Miguel back to within three points, 96-93, with a three-point play.
Ramos, though, knocked down two free throws and LA Revilla split his own charities after getting poked in the eye on a rebound play, making it a six-point game, 99-93, with 1:14 remaining.
Mahindra nearly caught a bad break as Revilla was whistled for a technical foul between his two attempts for spitting on the floor. San Miguel’s Marcio Lassiter, though, missed the technical free throw on the other end.
Dehesa made some late free throws to seal the victory.
MAHINDRA 102 – Ramos 26, Revilla 19, Canaleta 15, Gilchrist 15, Dehesa 10, Guinto 9, Digregorio 4, Pinto 2, Yee 2, Webb 0, Jaime 0.
SAN MIGUEL 96 – Wilkerson 29, Santos 17, Lassiter 14, Arana 8, Fajardo 8, Ross 8, Heruela 5, Tubid 4, Espinas 3, Lutz 0, Reyes 0.
Quarters: 24-23, 51-45, 74-69, 102-96