THEIR backs against the wall, the Indonesia Warriors played with intensity and outclassed the San Miguel Beermen, 81-61, Saturday at the Mahaka Square in Jakarta to force a rubber match for the Asean Basketball League title.
Evan Brock played an inspired game, leading a huge second-quarter run to finish with 26 points and 16 rebounds and help the Warriors set up Game Three on June 30 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The first two title showdowns in the league ended in sweeps, with the Philippine Patriots winning the best-of-five series in the maiden season and the Chang Thailand Slammers winning the best-of-three finals last year.
Brock scored five points in Indonesia’s 8-0 run, including a huge dunk to the delight of the home fans, to post a 32-23 lead in the second period. The Beermen trimmed the deficit to four points but Arki Dikania Wisnu and Jerick Canada nailed back-to-back triples tha77t gave them a 42-33 halftime lead.
Indonesia broke the game wide open in the third quarter with a 12-2 run, giving the Warriors
their biggest lead at 64-43. The Warriors led by at least 15 points the rest of the way.
Fil-American Stanley Pringle had 13 points, while Steve Thomas added 12 points and 10
rebounds for the Warriors.
“Got beat by a team that wanted it more. We got outhustled, outplayed. Lost our aggressiveness. Close out games are always the toughest,” tweeted San Miguel Corporation sports director Noli Eala.
Duke Crews had 16 points, while Leo Avenido had 13 for the Beermen, who were also outrebounded by the Warriors, 21-37.
Indonesia Warriors 81 - Brock 26, Pringle 13, Thomas 12, Canada 9, Wisnu 7, Wuysang 4,
Prihantono 3, Gunawan 3, Wibawa 2, Salangsang 2, Ristanto 0, Sitepu 0.
San Miguel Beermen 61 - Crews 16, Avenido 13, Fazekas 10, Yap 8, Banchero 6, Fernandez 5,
Fajardo 3, Luanzon 0, Baguion 0, Ferriols 0, Dimaunahan 0, Gonzales 0.
Quarterscores: 24-23, 42-33, 64-49, 81-61.