MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Beermen defeated and eliminate the 8 seeded TNT Katropa (106-93) and clinch semi-final berth for 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on March 06, 2018.
San Miguel Beermen who had a twice to beat advantage against TNT dominates early in the period leading by their BIG man June Mar Fajardo finished with 35 points and 11 boards in 78.9% shooting or 15 of 19 in the field. Fajardo came out strong in the opening quarter with 12pts that makes the Beermen 26-16.
Photo credit: Fajardo finished with double-double against TNT Katropa : Photo by PBA Images
Beermen continued their strong offense in the second period as they extend the lead by 42-30 before Castro, Rosario and Pogoy each hit a triple to trim the lead by 42-39 but the four time MVP answered back and scored 6pts for the Beermen to end with 52-44 at the half, Fajardo leads in the scoreboard at the half with 22pts.
Outside shot at the half
TNT Katropa converted 8 of 19 in the three point area while San Miguel only had 1 of 8 at the half thats why Beermen only got 8pts lead at the half.
TNT Katropa somehow regains the lead 66-64 since 3-2 in the opening minute of the game after a triple of Castro halfway mark in the third period, but Lassiter easily even with 66-66. Throughout the game this was the only quarter that TNT Katropa edge the Beermen with a series of 4 lead changes and 3 deadlock but the Beermen still finished with 77-72.
TNT Katropa looks to threaten again the Beermen opening with 7-2 run in the final quarter to tie with 79-79 but Beermen poured back to 9-4 run through Heruela’s triple and Santos 2 consecutive but Semerad and Castro’s conversion to trim the lead by 90-88 and Beermen rallied back to 16-5 run.
Outside shot at the second half
It was an evidence that Beermen treys help them win in the second half converted 6 of 11 against TNT Katropa 4 of 12 in the last 2 quarter.
Marcio Lassiter also added with 20pts, Arwind Santos finished with 15pts while Chriss Ross also added 13pts.
Jason Castro and Troy Rosario each tallied with 19pts for Katropa, Roger Pogoy finished with 17pts off the bench
Total Lead Changes: 6
Total Deadlock: 4
Biggest Lead: 3pts (TNT)
Biggest Lead: 13pts (San Miguel)
First Quarter: San Miguel (31-23)
Second Quarter: (21-21)
Third Quarter: (25-28)
Fourth Quarter: (29-21) TNT
San Miguel Beermen (106): Fajardo 35, Lassiter 20, Santos 15, Ross 13, Cabagnot 8, Heruela 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 4, De Ocampo 3, Pessumal 2, Espinas 1
TNT Katropa (93): Castro 19, Rosario 19, Pogoy 17, Semerad 16, Williams 15, Cruz 3, Garcia 2, Torres 2, Carey 0, Paredes 0, Reyes 0, Tautuaa 0