SMB was just too powerful and unstoppable in the game, as five of them produced a double-digit effort in scoring, with Alex Cabagnot shining the most after making history of being the first local player to notch a triple-double in the finals since 2005, or since Wille Miller recorded 24 points, 10 boards, and 10 steals in the 2005 All Filipino Cup championship.
The veteran guard, who earned the PBA Press Corps-Cignal Finals MVP trophy for averaging 20.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.3 steals after six games, tallied 19 markers, 12 rebounds, and 11 dimes to help SMB close out the series, 4-2.
June Mar Fajardo logged only 14 minutes and scored two points but had nothing to worry about as many guys delivered well. Charles Rhodes led the team with 30 points, 11 rebounds, and three assist, Marcio Lassiter sizzled for 24 points to go along with four dimes, while Arwind Santos and Chris Ross supplied 17 and 14 points, respectively.
The Beermen’s confidence was just so high that they shot 51% (43-of-84) from the field, including 41% or 12-of-29 from the rainbow country, while also milking more points from opponents’ turnovers, 30-22, and their own bench, 26-19.
The winningest franchise in the league will have the chance to sweep the season for their second Grand Slam feat when they challenge Barangay Ginebra and the ten other teams for the 2017 Governors’ Cup crown.
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