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    Cabagnot relieved as SMB weathers endgame storm: 'When you play against Ginebra, no lead is safe'

    Sep 11, 2017
    Alex Cabagnot was not surprised to see Ginebra rally back late from a big early deficit but was glad SMB did enough to preserve the win. Dante Peralta

    ALEX Cabagnot wasn't a bit surprised Barangay Ginebra still managed to extricate itself from a deep hole and made a fight out of its PBA Governors Cup game against San Miguel on Sunday.

    Lest everybody had forgotten, the Kings lived by their never-say-die spirit.

    "When you play against Ginebra, no lead is safe," admitted the veteran guard following the Beermen's 107-103 win over the reigning champions at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    "I know the capabilities of Ginebra, of coach Tim Cone and his team. I wasn't really surprised by that."

    Behind new import Terrence Watson, the Beermen went off to a hot start and controlled the tempo of the match right away in the first meeting between the two fancied teams this conference.

    San Miguel led by as much as 59-33 early in the third period and appeared ready to blow the game apart, until Ginebra caught fire in the payoff period to give the Beermen a huge scare.

    The deficit was down to 105-100 in the final 20 seconds, but the Beermen managed to weather the storm.

    [See New import Watson, dreaded local crew deliver as SMB halts Ginebra's win streak]

    "We just have to dig down and need to pull out something out of the bag in the final quarter," said Cabagnot, who finished with 16 points and five assists.

    "And I'm glad there's still something left in the bag."

    Watson finished with a game-high of 28 points on 11-of-21 shooting with 17 rebounds in his first game with the Beermen as a replacement for Terik Bridgeman.

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    Arwind Santos added 23 and Chris Ross with 20, four rebounds, four steals, and five assists for San Miguel, which improved to 5-3.

    The loss snapped Ginebra's seven-game winning streak for a 7-2 record and a tie with NLEX for the lead.

    "In the end, the crowd gets into it, everybody gets into it. It's good for the PBA, it's get for everybody else," said Cabagnot of the cardiac finish to the game.

    "But I'm glad that we won."

    [See Terrence Watson not backing down from pressure of leading SMB Grand Slam bid]

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    Alex Cabagnot was not surprised to see Ginebra rally back late from a big early deficit but was glad SMB did enough to preserve the win. Dante Peralta
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