KEVIN Jones took over in the endgame, scoring San Miguel Beer's last seven points including by a three-pointer from left quarter court as the Beermen survived a late scare from Barako Bull, 106-100, in their PBA Commissioner's Cup match on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Clearly outperformed by Barako Bull counterpart Joshua Dollard during the first 45 minutes of the match, Jones had the last laugh in the match-up when he scored two crucial putbacks inside the final two minutes, before icing the game with a cold-blooded three-point shot.
While San Miguel took its fourth win in five games, the Energy continued their downward spiral with their fourth loss in five matches, putting to naught Dollard's PBA career-high 46 points.
The 6'4" Dollard actually tossed in 30 points in the second half, allowing the Energy to recover from a 14-point third quarter deficit and take a 93-92 lead going into the five-minute mark.
"Obviously we're excited to get the win," said San Miguel Beer active consultant Todd Purves. "I think they (Energy) are not just a dangerous team. To me, they are a great basketball team."
"We knew it's gonna be a hard game tonight because they always compete. You just can't put them away. They continue to make shots and they'll continue to fight," he added.
The Beermen took advantage of their size, pounding the boards en route to a 54-36 rebounding advantage. They also moved the well, resulting to a sizeable 22-10 lead in assists while producing 15 three-point shots in the game.
Jones led the Beermen with 28 points, 18 rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Five locals scored in double figures led by Marcio Lassiter's 19, reigning MVP Arwind Santos' 16 along with 11 rebounds, June Mar Fajardo's 15 points and 11 rebounds as well as Paolo Hubalde's 13.
San Miguel Beer 106 - Jones 28, Lasasiter 19, Santos 16, Fajardo 15, Hubalde 13, Mercado 7, Ross 3, Kramer 2, Maierhofer 0, Tubid 0.
Barako Bull 100 - Dollard 46, Pennisi 16, Fortuna 11, Buenafe 11, Wilson 6, Lastimosa 4, Isip 2, Pena 2, Miranda 2, Jensen 0, Miller 0, Marcelo 0, Intal 0.
Quarters:29-19; 51-43; 81-74; 106-100