SAN Miguel Beer scored the most decisive rout in Asean Basketball League (ABL) history after a 101-49 whipping of Saigon Wednesday night at the Tan Binh Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Beermen lorded over the shorthanded Heat right from the opening half to extend their winning streak to nine games and remain on top of the standings with a league-best 12-3 (win-loss) slate.
San Miguel lost no time in taking advantage of American import David Palmer’s absence along with Jai Reyes and Larry Tieu that left the Heat with only six active players on its side.
The 52-point victory is the largest winning margin in the league since its inception in 2009.
The previous high was a 41-point blowout the Singapore Slingers administered against the Brunei Barracudas, 102-61, during the 2010-2011 season.
Asi Taulava led the streaking Beermen with 18 points, while Chris Banchero added 12. Imports Justin Williams and Brian Williams each had 11 points and combined for 21 rebounds for San Miguel.
The Beermen entered the final quarter holding to a whopping 78-37 lead after pouring 34 points in the third period alone.
Former Ateneo cager Oping Sumalinog played the whole 40 minutes for the Heat and topscored for 16 points.
The home team fell to a 3-12 record.
San Miguel (101) -- Taulava 18, Banchero 12, J. Williams 11, B. Williams 11, Acuna 11, Avenido 9, Hubalde 8, Burtscher 6, Fortuna 5, Luanzon 4, Rizada 4, Thiele 2.
Saigon (49) -- Sumalinog 16, Ly 12, To 8, Lowhorn 7, Vergara 6.
Quarterscores: 23-17; 44-27, 78-37; 101-49.