A SAN Miguel Beer side that went all-Filipino in the payoff period still proved enough against Rain or Shine, hacking out a 103-96 victory to get back to its winning ways in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Chris Ross channeled his playoffs version, leading the local attack with unimpressive import Terik Bridgeman riding the bench as the Beermen kept the Elasto Painters at bay throughout on the way to snapping a two-game skid.
The Beermen notched a fourth victory in seven games overall as they also snapped the E-Painters’ three-game win streak to tie their victims in the standings.
“We really needed this win,” SMB coach Leo Austria said. “Na-relieve yung team namin, kasi we cannot afford three straight losses. I’m happy for the players na nakita niya yung energy, even our bench players stepped up.”
“They knew the importance of this game,” he added.
Ross typified the Beermen’s response to the challenge, scattering a conference-high 27 points, built around five triples, along with three, boards, three assists, three steals, and only one turnover in over 41 minutes after deferring to his teammates the entire conference so far.
Marcio Lassiter added 22 points on three treys, along with three assists, and two rebounds, while Arwind Santos continued to stay on target with 18 points on three three-pointers, six boards, and two blocks in 32 minutes.
June Mar Fajardo churned out 17 points, 14 boards, two assists, and one block as he anchored the middle with Bridgemen contributing a measly four points on 2-of-9 shooting and four rebounds in 15 minutes in his farewell game.
J’Nathan Bullock registered 22 points, 13 boards, and seven assists in a losing effort to lead the E-Painters, who came to within six points, 90-84, after a Gabe Norwood left-corner triple with a little over five minutes left.
That, however, set the stage, for Ross’s takeover as he scored nine of his total scoring output from thereon to lead the Beermen to their first win in three games.
SMB 103 – Ross 27, Lassiter 22, Santos 18, Fajardo 17, Cabagnot 8, Rosser 5, Bridgeman 4, Espinas 2, Pessumal 0, Tubid 0
ROS 96 – Bullock 22, Ahanmisi 12, Norwood 10, Borboran 10, Belga 8, Yap 8, Daquioag 8, Ponferada 6, Tiu 5, Almazan 5, Trollano 2, Cruz 0
Quarterscores: 32-23, 55-39, 75-70, 103-96