The San Miguel Beermen bounced back from last week’s loss and vented their frustration on struggling Alaska Aces, 109-97, in their 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup match on Saturday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Fresh from a huge defeat at the hands of Barangay Ginebra last Sunday, SMB controlled most part of the game this time and even erected a 22-point lead, despite not getting usual production from three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo who suffered from flu.
Alex Cabagnot starred in the game and stuffed the stat sheets after going away with game-high 25 points built around five triples, to go along with ten rebounds, six assists and three steals, giving his team its seventh win that earned them a share of second spot with Ginebra.
Four more Beermen finished in double figures in scoring. Charles Rhodes posted 24 points and 10 boards, Marcio Lassiter put up 19 markers, Chris Ross notched a double-double of 18 points and 10 feeds, while Arwind Santos contributed 10 points to send their recent victims to its sixth straight loss.
Playing without Jvee Casio and Calvin Abueva, the Aces need to rely on Cory Jefferson who tallied 23 points and 13 boards, and Chris Banchero who had 22 markers, four rebounds and eight assists in a lost cause as they fell to 4-6.
The Final Scoreboard Result:
SAN MIGUEL 109 – Cabagnot 25, Rhodes 24, Lassiter 19, Ross 18, Santos 10, Fajardo 5, Tubid 3, Espinas 2, Heruela 2, McCarthy 1, Semerad 0, Agovida 0, Reyes 0.
ALASKA 97 – Jefferson 23, Banchero 22, Dela Cruz 12, Racal 9, Thoss 8, Manuel 6, Enciso 5, Pascual 4, Galliguez 3, Hontiveros 3, Mendoza 2, Exciminiano 0.
Quarterscores: 25-24, 53-50, 84-68, 109-97.