2017 OPPO PHILIPPINE CUP
SAN Miguel Beer pounced on Rain or Shine’s late miscues as it frustrated the Elasto Painters, 107-101, in overtime on Friday night to move closer to securing a twice-to-beat edge in the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.
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The Beermen erased a six-point deficit within the last 3 minutes of regulation, showing poise stressed before finishing the task in overtime to drag off the good escape.
Alex Cabagnot knocked down the long jumper that forced overtime, before June Mar Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter took over within the additional session because the quarterfinals-assured Beermen hiked their win-loss record to 8-1 once a seventh consecutive win.
SMB, that won every day before team owner Ramon S. ANG celebrates his birthday, widened its gap over the Elasto Painters, who born to 5-3, permitting GlobalPort to achieve a bit of second spot.
“Well-prepared team yung Rain or Shine. They understand what to try and do against US, however my players refused to lose,” SMB coach Leo Republic of Austria aforesaid. “May swerte rin Japanese deity, however this was a complete team effort.”
The E-Painters looked poised at hand the Beermen solely their second defeat this conference as they went ahead, 96-90, when a Beau Belga top-of-the-key three-pointer with 2 minutes and forty two seconds left.
The Beermen, however, had alternative plans, as they clawed back. Chris Ross created up for a miscue that gave the E-Painters an additional possession, with a steal on Belga that set the stage for the heroics of Cabagnot, WHO could’ve won the sport for SMB in regulation outright had his right foot not bit the three-point line once he tried his overtime-sending shot.
Fajardo scored four of his twenty five points within the further amount, finishing a dominant outing with seventeen boards and one block in thirty six minutes once marking simply 9 points against Ginebra.
Belga finished with a team-high fourteen points and 5 boards, and 3 steals in thirty two minutes for the E-Painters, WHO lost prized slotman Raymond Almazan as a result of a calf injury.