MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Beermen overcome 15-point deficit against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and take 2-0 advantage with a final score (104-102) for 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semi-final at the Mall of Asia Arena on March 11, 2018.
Marcio Lassiter who delivered a clutch put back in dying seconds after Fajardo’s missed lay-up that enabled the Beermen ahead by (104-102) with 3 seconds remaining in the overtime. Lassiter poured 25 points in the game, 24 of them coming in the second half and the crucial last 6points for the Beermen, he also added 8 rebounds and 4 assist.
After only held by 9pts in game 1 June Mar Fajardo bounce back with a double-double performance and tallied 33points, 18 of that coming from second half including 19 rebounds.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel dictated the tempo of the game in the first half and lead by as much as 15pts and hold a double digit with (55-42) at the half behind Prince Caperal who earn his 17points in the 2 periods, but Caperal only held by 9pts in the succeeding period to finish with 26pts along with his 8 rebounds.
Photo credit: Marcio Lassiter delivered clutch put-back for the San Miguel: Photo by PBA Images
Ginebra had the chance to win the game
Ginebra had the chance to seal the win late in the final quarter with 93-87 lead, but Beermen responded with 8-2 run to extend the game in overtime behind 2 important trey of Arwind Santos and 2 free throws of Fajardo. Arwind Santos also added a double-double with 11pts and 10 rebounds with 5 assist.
With (102-102) a piece, Never say Die Spirit of Ginebra had the chance to take the final shot with 15 seconds left in the overtime, but it was converted to turn over “inbound violation” after Joe Deavance did not pass the ball.
Japeth Aguilar led Barangay Ginebra with 28pts, 7 rebounds and 5 assist.
Total Lead Changes: 2
Biggest Lead: 3pts (SMB)
Biggest Lead: 15pts (GINEBRA)
SAN MIGUEL (104) – Fajardo 33, Lassiter 25, Cabagnot 13, Ross 13, Santos 11, Ganuelas-Rosser 7, Heruela 2, Pessumal 0, De Ocampo 0, Espinas 0.
BARANGAY GINEBRA (102) – Aguilar 28, Caperal 26, Devance 11, Thompson 10, Cruz 10, Tenorio 8, Mercado 7, Mariano 2.
First Quarter: San Miguel Beer (25-30)
Second Quarter: (17-25)
Third Quarter: (28-18)
Fourth Quarter: (25-22)
Over Time: (9-7) Ginebra
Game 3 will be on March 13, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena .