WITH the game already a foregone conclusion, Kelly Nabong stole the ball from Sol Mercado then raced to the other court for an uncontested dunk at the buzzer.
That summed up the night for GlobalPort as San Miguel Beer added to the misery of the Batang Pier with a 109-92 victory on Monday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Beermen leaned on another balanced production led by import Kevin Jones to break the game wide open in the third quarter en route to the one-sided victory, their third straight and fifth overall in six games.
SMB also kept Globalport winless after six starts as the team or rookie coach Pido Jarencio suffered another major breakdown in what already is the worst start in franchise history.
Despite the blowout, Beermen active consultant Todd Purves said his team was still “nowhere near one-hundred percent” with Mercado and June Mar Fajardo still nursing injuries.
“In the meantime, I’m proud of the guys for their contribution,” the American mentor said.
Six players scored in double figures for the Beermen, including three who registered a double-double with Jones tallying 30 points and 19 boards on top of two assists, one steal, and one block.
Reigning MVP Arwind Santos scattered 18 and 10, while point guard Chris Ross chipped in 12 and 11 assists.
The Batang Pier kept the game close and even knotted the count twice, the last at 55-all, in the third quarter before the Beermen went on a run and never looked back.
GlobalPort made a last-ditch effort, capped by two triples from rookie RR Garcia that pulled the Batang Pier within 79-86 midway through the final period, but the rally proved insufficient.
Jay Washington led the Batang Pier with 22 points and six boards, while import Evan Brock added 20 points, 16 boards, five assists, and two blocks that went for naught.
San Miguel Beer (109) – Jones 30, Santos 18, Lassiter 16, Ross 12, Fajardo 11, Mercado 10, Lutz 6, Kramer 5, Duncil 1, Marata 0, Tubid 0, Taha 0, Hubalde 0.
GlobalPort (92) – Washington 22, Brock 20, Garcia 17, Romeo 13, Matias 8, Cabagnot 7, Nabong 3, Custodio 2, Hayes 0, Salva 0, Salvador 0, Macapagal 0.
Quarterscores: 26-20; 47-42; 74-64; 109-92.