Tyler Wilkerson posted another gigantic performance by leading San Miguel Beer to a 108-96 win over Blackwater on Wednesday in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Commissioner’s Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.
Wilkerson, who scored a conference-high 52 points in their 120-109 victory against Glo-balPort on Friday, shot four triples and finished with 35 points plus 17 rebounds and four blocks.
Center June Mar Fajardo posted 20 points and seven rebounds; playmaker Alex Cabagnot contributed 13 points while Marcio Lassiter 11 points.
“Slowly, we are recovering,” said San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria during the post-game interview. “The players are now starting to get their energy. We’re hoping we sustain this performance in the entire conference.”
Arwind Santos chipped in nine points and 10-rebounds for the Beermen whose win-loss record improved to 2-1.
The Beermen established a slim 18-17 lead in the first quarter. Fajardo and the other local players cranked up the pressure in the second period to outscore the Elite 28-22. San Miguel Beer stretched their lead to 46-39 at halftime.
The Beermen continued to dominate the third period via a 34-18 run and established an 80-57 lead at the end of third period.
It was Wilkerson’s fourth triple that gave the Beermen their biggest lead, 80-55, before the end of third frame. Blackwater failed to recover in the final canto to absorb its third defeat in five games for a 2-3 win-loss record.
Guard Carlo Lastimosa and JP Erram led Blackwater with 16 points each. Import Malcolm Rhett and Reil Cervantes contributed a combined 24 points. Rhett, smothered by the Beermen’s tight defense, also recorded 14 rebounds and five turnovers.
Prolific shooter Lastimosa was limited to 6-of-22 shooting overall in the field, Rhett had 4-of-12 and Cervantes 4-of-10.
In the second game, import Othyus Jeffers led Ginebra to a lopsided 104-86 triumph over Mahindra.
Jeffers finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists to hand the Gin Kings their third straight victory. Ginebra’s win-loss record has improved to 3-2.
Mahindra, with the loss, is now bearing a similar 3-2 record.