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    Abarrientos hits game-winner as Alaska legends nip SMB in thrilling finale

    Jul 8, 2019
    PHOTO: Dante Peralta

    JOHNNY Abarrientos scored a fastbreak lay-up with 12.2 seconds left to lift Alaska to a pulsating 77-75 win over San Miguel on Monday night in the final of the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Faceoff at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Abarrientos scored a lefty lay-up on a two-on-one break with Willie Miller for the marginal basket, putting a fitting finish to the Milkmen's comeback from an eight-point deficit entering the fourth period, 70-62.

    Olsen Racela missed a three-point try to end the game.

    Miller finished with 34 points behind a 7-of-12 clip from threes while Abarrientos added 12 points, capping their heroics by connecting on the game-winning play.

    Alaska was still trailing, 70-63, before scoring the next eight points capped by a go-ahead jumper by Eddie Laure with 2:29 left in the match.


    With the score tied at 72, Miller hit a triple to give Alaska the lead but Allan Caidic responded with a three of his own with 46.2 seconds left to tie the ballgame.

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    Abarrientos atoned for a missed three by picking up a San Miguel miss to start a fastbreak. A give-and-go with Miller set up the game-winning play to the delight of Alaska fans in the stands.

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    It was a gallant stand nevertheless for San Miguel, which played with only seven players due to the absence of Danny Ildefonso and Danny Seigle and injuries to Nelson Asaytono and Bong Alvarez.

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    Chris Calaguio scored 23 points including back-to-back threes in the third that put San Miguel up, 53-47. Racela hit two free throws off an unsportsmanlike foul by Abarrientos with 0.9 seconds left in the third to give San Miguel a 60-52 lead entering the final canto.

    The scores:

    Alaska 77 – Miller 34, Abarrientos 12, Laure 8, Cariaso 8, Santos 6, Ferriols 5, Hawkins 3, Lastimosa 1, Lim 0, Gomez 0.

    San Miguel 75 – Calaguio 23, Caidic 16, Adriano 15, Racela 8, Castillo 6, Belasco 5, Gamboa 2.

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