THE San Miguel Beermen out-played Talk ‘N Text, 104-98, to take the No.1 spot at the end of the elimination round of the 2016 Philippine Basketball
Association (PBA) Commis-sioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday.
The frontcourt duo of June Mar Fajardo and Tyler Wilkerson led the Beermen with 18 and 36 points, respectively.
The Tropang Texters notched an early lead, 20-19, going into the second period.
TNT sustained its onslaught before the midgame intermission, edging San Miguel, 25-24.
But San Miguel turned the tables in the third quarter overtaking TNT by as much as four points, 64-68, off a jumper by Wilkerson at the 2:25 minute mark.
Before the start of the fourth period, the Tropang Texters regained the upper hand 72-68, via back-to-back baskets by David Simon.
With less than two minutes left, the Beermen initiated a rally to take the lead, 98-94, behind the triple of Alex Cabagnot with 1:16 left in regulation.
TNT fought valiantly but failed to stop the Beermen from sealing their victory in the final seconds of the match.
In the other game, Calvin Abueva powered the Alaska Aces over the NLEX Road Warriors, 104-98. With the victory, Alaska has improved its record to seven wins and four losses.
Abueva notched a total of 23 points and eight rebounds off a 64 percent shooting performance in the field.
Alaska exploited the gaps in NLEX’s defense early in the match with explosive attacks resulting in a 20-point advantage, 34-14.
The Road Warriors started to intensify their attacks in the second canto but were still unable to grab the lead until the halftime break. They managed to trim the gap, 76-74, with just a quarter left to play.
Alaska emerged triumphant in the final minutes of regulation dropping the Road Warriors to the seventh spot with five wins and six losses.
Returning import Rob Dozier recorded a double-double performance of 14 points and 13 rebounds while big man Sonny Thoss contributed 19 markers and eight boards.
Point guard RJ Jazul also had an impressive performance, tallying a total of 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists with a three-out-of-four shooting output from beyond the arc.
The high-scoring Al Thornton posted a huge output of 37 points and 10 rebounds while Sean Anthony contributed 24 points.
“I thought we looked like a team offensively at the start of the game. We moved the ball really well,” Alaska head coach Alex Compton said in the postmatch interview.
“I don’t feel like you’re safe when Al Thornton’s in the gym. [Luckily] we made stops in the end,” he ended.