SAN Miguel Beer survived the late-game three-point shooting spree of Barako Bull to pull off a nail-biting 115-112 win in overtime in their PBA Governors Cup road game on Wednesday at the Alonte Sports Center in Binan, Laguna.
The Energy failed to capitalize on two missed free throws by Sol Mercado as rookie guard Jeric Fortuna’s desperation three-point attempt in the waning seconds bounced hard off the rim, allowing the Beermen to escape with the hard-earned victory.
Fortuna, the freshman guard out of University of Santo Tomas, also missed what could have been a game-winning shot in regulation play that paved the way for extra period, 103-all.
The victory allowed San Miguel to move up to solo second place with a 3-1 record, just behind league leader Barangay Ginebra's 3-0 slate, despite losing Chris Ross to an injury in the second half.
Import Reggie Williams played the hero’s role for the Beermen in overtime, accounting for two of the team’s three three-pointers to give San Miguel the much-needed cushion.
The left-handed Williams, a former NBA veteran, led the Beermen with 33 points on top of 13 rebounds and five assists.
Sophomore slotman June Mar Fajardo banged in 25 points, including a crucial three-point play off Mick Pennisi’s sixth personal foul late in the game.
Barako Bull dropped to a 1-3 card under new coach Siot Tanquingcen after opening the season-ending tournament with a 95-94 win over Meralco.
Eric Wise led the Energy with 33 points, matching his PBA career-high, while Pennisi added 20 spiked by six three-point shots before fouling out.
San Miguel Beer 115 - Williams 33, Fajardo 26, Ross 10, Santos 10, Mercado 9, Lutz 8, Tubid 7, Maierhofer 4, Chua 4, Kramer 2, Lanete 2.
Barako Bull 112 - Wise 33, Pennisi 20, Najorda 12, Buenafe 10, Fortuna 10, Jensen 8, Marcelo 6, Lastimosa 4, Wilson 2, Isip 2, Miller 2, Intal 2.
Quarterscores: 32-26, 58-54, 80-78, 103-103, 115-112