SAN Miguel Beer shook off the cobwebs just in time to outlast GlobalPort, 115-112, and get back on the winning track in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Rusty coming off a three-week break, the Beermen went down by 12 points at the half before regaining their bearings in the second half, especially down the stretch to score the hard-earned win - their third victory in four games.
Arwind Santos stepped up in June Mar Fajardo limited presence as he caught fire from long range, knocking down seven treys on the way to scoring a 30 points, one shy of his season high.
Wendell Mickines put up another workmanlike effort with 35 points, 14 boards, seven assists, four blocks, and two steals in 44 minutes to anchor the Beermen, who handed the Batang Pier their third loss in five games.
“Even though we were sluggish, we were still able to pull off the win,” SMB coach Leo Austria said. “Maybe because of the experience of the team.”
The Beermen also prevailed despite Fajardo playing less than eight minutes as recovers from his calf injury.
Santos, who scored his season-high 31 points in their Philippine Cup matchup against GlobalPort, continued to have the Batang Pier’s number as he fired 13 of his output in the third quarter where the Beermen turned the game around after outscoring their opponents in the period, 39-24.
The former league MVP also added to his output in the payoff period, scoring on bucket that gave the Beermen their biggest lead at 110-101 with four minutes and 13 seconds left.
That’s when the Batang Pier made their last stand as they made an 11-4 run to pull within two points, 114-112, following Stanley Pringle charity with nine seconds left, before Santos split a three throw on the other end and Murphy Holloway missed a desperation trey at half court to cement the result.
Terrence Romeo led the Batang Pier with 26 points, all in the last three quarters, on 9-of-16 shooting in 33 minutes in his return from Gilas duty, while Holloway and Pringle added 25 and 24 markers, respectively that went for naught.
SMB 115 – McKines 35, Santos 30, Cabagnot 27, Lassiter 10, Espinas 8, Fajardo 4, Tubid 1, Ross 0, Rosser 0, Heruela 0, De Ocampo 0
GLOBALPORT 112 – Romeo 26, Holloway 25, Pringle 24, Baracael 11, Anthony 10, Arana 7, Mamaril 4, Pennisi 3, Guinto 2, Cortez 0, Hubalde 0
Quarterscores: 21-25, 45-57, 84-81, 115-112