SAN Miguel put together its first winning streak of the conference on Wednesday night, defeating Phoenix Pulse, 128-108, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Energized by new import Chris McCollough, the Beermen picked up their second straight victory to hike their record to 4-5. They are now in seventh place in the team standings after a slow start left them as low as 10th place.
After scoring 47 points in his debut, McCollough scored 37 points and 13 rebounds against Phoenix. He scored the final seven points in a 12-0 run that blew the game open, 30-18, and the Beermen led by as many as 28 points in the wire-to-wire victory.
Phoenix Pulse slipped to 4-6 and now in joint eighth place with Alaska in the standings.
“Finally, naka-back-to-back kami,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria. “Going to the next game, it gives us a lot of confidence. They lift our morale. Badly-needed ‘yung win. I hope we can sustain.”
June Mar Fajardo once again dominated the paint as he scored 12 of his 22 points in the third quarter, while also grabbing 14 rebounds, and blocking two shots.
Alex Cabagnot added 16 points for San Miguel and climbed to No. 7 in the all-time career assists list with 3,228.
Richard Howell led Phoenix with 15 points and 14 rebounds, but had to sit most of the second half due to an injury. Rey Guevarra and Matthew Wright each had 14 points for the Fuel Masters.
San Miguel 128 – McCollough 37, Fajardo 22, Cabagnot 16, Romeo 13, Standhardinger 10, Pessumal 8, Lassiter 6, Santos 5, Ross 3, Lanete 3, Nabong 3, Zamar 2.
Phoenix Pulse 108 – Howell 15, Guevarra 14, Wright 14, Jazul 12, Chua 12, Mallari 10, Intal 8, Perkins 7, Napoles 5, Marcelo 5, Kramer 4, Gamboa 2, Dennison 0, Wilson 0.
Quarters: 30-21; 61-45; 97-70; 128-108.