THE wrath of the champions.
San Miguel blew Magnolia away, 108-101, to equalize the PBA Philippine Cup finals at 1-1 on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Beermen kept the game close in the first half before going full throttle in the third quarter when they ripped Game Two apart.
Alex Cabagnot and Christian Standhardinger sparked the Beermen's telling 13-0 run that stretched a six-point lead to 74-55.
The Hotshots never recovered from there.
Game 3 is set Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
"This will become an interesting game, because it boils down to a best-of-five," said SMB coach Leo Austria. "But it's not easy because we know Magnolia will come back hard."
Cabagnot led a balance scoring for the Beermen with 16 points, nine of them coming during that huge third-quarter run.
June Mar Fajardo also had 16 and 10 rebounds, Chris Ross added 15 points and so did Marcio Lassiter, who finally got in the scoring fray despite going only 4-of-13 from the field.
The win however, was almost spoiled by the ejection of Terrence Romeo after incurring two technical fouls in the final 6:23 of the game and the four-time champions holding a commanding 96-80 lead.
It took a number of teammates - Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, and Christian Standhardinger - and officials led by board of governor Robert Non and assistant coach Biboy Ravanes, to calm Romeo down following his outburst against the referees.
"We will take that positively because Romeo is really a warrior. He wants to win very badly," said Austria of the incident.
Ian Sangalang led Magnolia with 18 points on 9-of-16 shooting, but surprisingly grabbed only a single rebound.
Jio Jalalon added 15 points to go with eight rebounds and eight assists, Mark Barroca contributed 12 points, Kyle Pascual pitched in 11 and Paul Lee had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, with six assists.
San Miguel (108) - Fajardo 16, Cabagnot 16, Ross 15, Lassiter 15, Santos 13, Romeo 13, Standhardinger 13, Pessumal 5, Rosser 2, Nabong 0, Zamar 0.
Magnolia (101) - Sangalang 18, Jalalon 15, Barroca 12, Pascual 11, Lee 10, Melton 9, Simon 6, Ramos 6, Herndon 5, Dela Rosa 4, Reavis 2, Calisaan2, Brondial 1.
Quarterscores: 23-22; 51-41; 83-66; 108-101.