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Governor's Cup
PBA Governor's Cup Standings
 1. Talk N Text 10-1 
 2. SM Beermen 8-3 
 3. B.Ginebra 8-3 
 4. Meralco Bolts 6-5 
 5. Mahindra E. 6-5 
 6. Alaska Aces 6-5 
 7. NLEX RW 5-6 
 8. Rain or Shine 5-6 
 9. Phoenix 5-6 
 10. Globalport 4-7 
 11. Purefoods Star 2-9 
 12. Blackwater 1-10 
Points Per Game
  San M.
  Avg: 36.6
 1. Wilkerson, San M.36.6 
 2. Thornton, NLEX R.36.1 
 3. Taggart, Globalport34.4 
 4. Ratliffe, Purefood.27.5 
 5. Romeo, Globalport26.4 
 6. Bowles, Ponce26.4 
 7. Simon, Talk N Text24.5 
 8. Pinkney, Phoenix23.4 
 9. Jeffers, Barangay.22.5 
 10. Edwards, Alaska A.22.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Calvin WARNER
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Warner, Jacksonv.19.8 
 2. Ratliffe, Purefood.18.1 
 3. Onuaku, Meralco17.5 
 4. Rhett, Blackwater16.7 
 5. Jeffers, Barangay.15.7 
 6. Simon, Talk N Text15.5 
 7. Taggart, Globalport14.8 
 8. Wilkerson, San M.14.3 
 9. Bowles, Ponce13.2 
 10. Pinkney, Phoenix13.0 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  San M.
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Ross, San M.6.4 
 2. Pringle, Globalport5.4 
 3. William, Talk N.5.3 
 4. Cortez, Blackwater5.1 
 5. Jeffers, Barangay.4.9 
 6. Barroca, Purefood.4.5 
 7. Garcia, Phoenix4.0 
 8. Tenorio, Barangay.4.0 
 9. Cabagnot, San M.3.9 
 10. Romeo, Globalport3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  San M.
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ross, San M.2.3 
 2. Dela Cruz, Black.2.3 
 3. Wright, Tijuana2.0 
 4. Simon, Talk N Text1.9 
 5. Edwards, Alaska A.1.7 
 6. Jeffers, Barangay.1.5 
 7. Dehesa, Mahindra.1.5 
 8. Wilkerson, San M.1.4 
 9. Abueva, Alaska Ac.1.4 
 10. Lanete, Phoenix1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 David SIMON
  Talk N Text
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Simon, Talk N Text2.7 
 2. Bowles, Ponce2.2 
 3. Wilkerson, San M.2.1 
 4. Edwards, Alaska A.2.1 
 5. Erram, Blackwater1.9 
 6. Dozier, Alaska Aces1.9 
 7. Taggart, Globalport1.6 
 8. Gilchrist, Mahindr.1.6 
 9. Rhett, Blackwater1.5 
 10. Onuaku, Meralco1.5 
Season 2016
All Games
List of Players
List of Imports
Filipino men teams in Asian cups 2015-2016
 ASEAN League:

LA Tenorio named Governors Cup Finals MVP (Photo:
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings 2016
Tim Cone Tim Cone Cone
Justin Brownlee
Japeth Aguilar
Solomon Mercado
Lewis Tenorio
Joe Devance
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
32  Brownlee Justin 197 (6'6'') F 88 USA
25  Aguilar Japeth 206 (6'9'') C 85 Philippines
3  Mercado Solomon 185 (6'1'') PG 84 Philippines
5  Tenorio Lewis 177 (5'10'') PG 84 Philippines
6  Thompson Earl 0 (0'0'') 0 Philippines
38  Devance Joe 201 (6'7'') C 82 USA Philippines
13  Helterbrand JayJay 180 (5'11'') PG 76 USA Philippines
47  Caguioa Mark 185 (6'1'') G 79 Philippines
27  Cruz Jervy 193 (6'4'') F/C 86 Philippines
10  Marcelo Dave 196 (6'5'') C 89 Philippines
34  Ellis Chris 196 (6'5'') F 88 Philippines
0  Bonifacio Franklin 0 (0'0'') 0 Philippines
31  Mariano Aljon 0 (0'0'') 0 Philippines
Head Coach: Tim Cone
Coach Assistant: Richard del Rosario
Coach Assistant: Olsen Racela
PBA Cup Standings
 1. Alaska Aces 9-2 
 2. San Miguel Beermen 9-2 
 3. Rain or Shine 8-3 
 4. Barangay Ginebra 7-4 
 5. Globalport 7-4 
 6. Talk N Text 6-5 
 7. NLEX RW 5-6 
 8. Barako Bull 5-6 
 9. Purefoods SH 4-7 
 10. Blackwater 3-8 
 11. KIA Sorento 2-9 
 12. Meralco Bolts 1-10 
Points Per Game
 Terrence Bill ROMEO
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Romeo, Globalport25.2 
 2. Fajardo, San M.24.6 
 3. Slaughter, Baranga.22.7 
 4. Anthony, NLEX R.20.6 
 5. Taulava, NLEX R.19.9 
 6. William, Talk N.19.8 
 7. Anthony, NLEX R.19.8 
 8. Pringle, Globalport19.6 
 9. Wilson, Barako Bull17.5 
 10. Garcia, Barako Bu.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Slaughter, Baranga.14.5 
 2. Fajardo, San M.13.9 
 3. Wilson, Barako Bull12.3 
 4. Anthony, NLEX R.12.3 
 5. Taulava, NLEX R.11.8 
 6. Anthony, NLEX R.10.8 
 7. Hodge, Meralco9.8 
 8. Santos, San M.9.4 
 9. Abueva, Alaska Ac.9.1 
 10. Kramer, Globalport8.9 
Assists Per Game
  Talk N.
  Avg: 5
 1. William, Talk N.5.0 
 2. Cortez, Blackwater4.6 
 3. Alapag, Meralco Bo.4.6 
 4. Tenorio, Barangay.4.4 
 5. Anthony, NLEX R.4.3 
 6. Revilla, Mahindra4.2 
 7. Cabagnot, San M.4.0 
 8. Pringle, Globalport4.0 
 9. Ross, San M.3.9 
 10. Dehesa, Mahindra.3.6 
Steals Per Game
  Mahindra E.
  Avg: 2
 1. Revilla, Mahindra2.0 
 2. Anthony, NLEX R.2.0 
 3. Ross, San M.1.7 
 4. Barroca, Purefood.1.3 
 5. Dehesa, Mahindra.1.3 
 6. Tenorio, Barangay.1.3 
 7. Newsome, Meralco1.2 
 8. William, Talk N.1.2 
 9. Washington, Globa.1.2 
 10. Melton, Purefood.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
  San M.
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Fajardo, San M.1.9 
 2. Erram, Blackwater1.8 
 3. Santos, San M.1.8 
 4. Slaughter, Baranga.1.4 
 5. Mamaril, Globalport1.2 
 6. Quinahan, Rain o.1.2 
 7. Aguilar, Barangay.1.2 
 8. Almazan, Rain o.1.1 
 9. Reavis, Purefood.1.0 
 10. Yee, Mahindra E.1.0 
Season 2016
All Games
List of Players
List of Imports

San Miguel Beermen wins the Philippine PBA Cup 2015-2016 title (Photo: PBA)
San Miguel Beermen 2016
Leovino Austria Leovino Austria Austria
Alex Cabagnot
Elijah Millsap
Marcio Lassiter
June Mar Fajardo
Arwind Santos
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
5  Cabagnot Alex 183 (6'0'') G 82 USA Philippines
7  Millsap Elijah 198 (6'6'') G 87 USA
13  Lassiter Marcio 190 (6'3'') G 87 USA Philippines
15  Fajardo June Mar 210 (6'11'') C 89 Philippines
29  Santos Arwind 193 (6'4'') F 81 Philippines
6  Ross Chris 185 (6'1'') G 85 USA
1  Heruela Brian Quinton 183 (6'0'') G 89 USA Philippines
4  Reyes Jay-R 201 (6'7'') C 84 Philippines
27  Espinas Gabby 193 (6'4'') F 82 Philippines
20  David Gary 185 (6'1'') G/F 78 Philippines
95  de Ocampo Yancy 206 (6'9'') C 80 Philippines
71  Tubid Ronald 185 (6'1'') G 81 Philippines
18  Arana Ryan 188 (6'2'') PG 83 Philippines
33  Semerad David 0 (0'0'') 0 Philippines
Head Coach: Leovino Austria
Coach Assistant: Peter Martin
Coach Assistant: Dayong Mendoza
Coach Assistant: Boysie Zamar
Coach Assistant: Biboy Ravanes
Commissioner's Cup
Commisioner's Cup Standings
 1. San Miguel Beermen 8-3 
 2. Meralco Bolts 8-3 
 3. Alaska Aces 7-4 
 4. Barangay Ginebra 7-4 
 5. Rain or Shine 7-4 
 6. Talk N Text 6-5 
 7. NLEX RW 5-6 
 8. Purefoods SH 5-6 
 9. Mahindra E. 4-7 
 10. Blackwater 3-8 
 11. Phoenix 3-8 
 12. Globalport 3-8 

Season 2015-2016
All Games
List of Players
List of Imports

Rain Or Shine clinch Commissioner's Cup title (Photo:
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 2015-16
Yeng Guiao Yeng Guiao Guiao
Gabe Norwood
Jeffrei Chan
Jericho Cruz
Paul Lee
Raymond Almazan
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
5  Norwood Gabe 196 (6'5'') G/F 85 USA Philippines
16  Chan Jeffrei 188 (6'2'') F 83 Philippines
9  Cruz Jericho 182 (6'0'') G 90 Philippines
3  Lee Paul 185 (6'1'') G 89 Philippines
57  Almazan Raymond 206 (6'9'') C 89 Philippines
6  Ibanes Jireh 188 (6'2'') G 82 Philippines
48  Quinahan JR 198 (6'6'') C 84 Philippines
30  Belga Beau 198 (6'6'') C 86 Philippines
11  Tang Tyrone 170 (5'7'') PG 84 Philippines
17  Tiu Christopher 183 (6'0'') PG 85 Philippines
 Ponferada Jewel 196 (6'5'') PF 88 Philippines
8  Teng Jeric 186 (6'1'') G 91 Philippines
Head Coach: Yeng Guiao
Coach Assistant: Michael Buendia
Coach Assistant: Ricky Umayam
Coach Assistant: Caloy Garcia All-PBA Governor's Cup Awards 2016 - Nov 4, 2016 All-PBA Governor's Cup 1st Team 2016
Jayson Castro William
Castro William
Lewis Tenorio
LaDontae Henton
Justin Brownlee
Allen Durham

Finals MVP: Lewis Tenorio (177-PG-84) of B.Ginebra
Player of the Year: Allen Durham (198-F/C-88) of Meralco Bolts
Guard of the Year: Jayson Castro William (180-PG-86) of Talk N Text
Forward of the Year: Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of B.Ginebra
Center of the Year: Allen Durham (198-F/C-88) of Meralco Bolts
Domestic Player of the Year: Jayson Castro William (180-PG-86) of Talk N Text
Import Player of the Year: Allen Durham (198-F/C-88) of Meralco Bolts

1st Team
PG: Jayson Castro William (180-PG-86) of Talk N Text
PG: Lewis Tenorio (177-PG-84) of B.Ginebra
F: LaDontae Henton (198-F-92) of Alaska Aces
F: Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of B.Ginebra
F/C: Allen Durham (198-F/C-88) of Meralco Bolts

2nd Team
G: Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82) of SM Beermen
G/F: Henry Walker (198-G/F-87) of NLEX RW
F: Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) of Talk N Text
F: James White (203-F-93) of Mahindra E.
C: June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) of SM Beermen

Honorable Mention
Ranidel deOcampo (197-F-81) of Talk N Text
Arwind Santos (193-F-81) of SM Beermen
Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85) of B.Ginebra
Chris Newsome (187-G) of Meralco Bolts

Brownlee hits buzzer-beating shot, Ginebra wins PBA title - Oct 19, 2016

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings import Justin Brownlee (197-F-88, college: St.John's) scored a buzzer-beating three-pointer that edged the Meralco Bolts, 91-88, in dramatic fashion to win the best-of-seven championship series for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors Cup crown in front of 22,000-plus spectators at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Wednesday night (October 19, Manila time).

The victory ended an eight-year title drought for the Kings, who last won in the 2008 Fiesta Conference.

A big uproar suddenly erupted when Brownlee took the matters in his own hands and swished a trey way beyond the top of the key with the defense of Bolts' counterpart Allen Durham (198-F/C-88, college: Grace Bible) all over him, coming from a timeout with the score knotted at 88-all.

Brownlee finished his heroics with a game-high 31 points, 12 in the final period where he was engaged in a basket-for-basket exchange with Meralco's Durham, Cliff Hodge (196-PF-88, college: Hawaii-Pacific) and Chris Newsome (187-G, college: N.Mexico Highlands) in the final minutes of the game.

LA Tenorio (177-PG-84), who was awarded the Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP), added 25 points, six assists, and five rebounds.

Tenorio was instrumental in the Kings fight back from the 15-point deficit in the first half.

PBA legend Robert Jaworski was at the Ginebra locker room during halftime and gave an inspirational talk and morale booster to the team.

Meralco was still in the lead, 88-86, after Hodge scored on two charities from a Tenorio foul. Brownlee scored on a tough fadeaway jumper to tie the score and setup his heroics in the end game.

The Bolts were led by Newsome who tallied 19 points.
The championship gave Tim Cone, the winningest coach in the league's history, his 19th PBA title.

The scores:

GINEBRA 91 - Brownlee 31, Tenorio 25, Thompson 10, Aguilar 7, Caguioa 6, Helterbrand 5, Ellis 4, Marcelo 3, Cruz 0, Devance 0, Mercado 0.

MERALCO 88 - Newsome 19, Durham 15, Hugnatan 12, Alapag 8, Faundo 8, Uyloan 7, Amer 6, Hodge 6, Nabong 4, Caram 3.

Quarterscores: 18-27, 32-45, 65-66, 91-88.

Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris' follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80's and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio. All-PBA Commissioner's Cup Awards 2016 - May 26, 2016 All-PBA Commissioner's Cup 1st Team 2016
Chris Ross
Othyus Jeffers
Calvin Abueva
Tyler Wilkerson
Arinze Onuaku

Finals MVP: Paul Lee (185-G-89) of Rain or Shine
Player of the Year: Calvin Abueva (190-F-88) of Alaska Aces
Guard of the Year: Chris Ross (185-G-85) of San Miguel Beermen
Forward of the Year: Tyler Wilkerson (203-F-88) of Shaanxi W.
Center of the Year: Arinze Onuaku (206-C/F-87) of Meralco Bolts
Defensive Player of the Year: Tyler Wilkerson (203-F-88) of Shaanxi W.
Import Player of the Year: Arinze Onuaku (206-C/F-87) of Meralco Bolts

1st Team
G: Chris Ross (185-G-85) of San Miguel Beermen
G/F: Othyus Jeffers (196-G/F-85) of Barangay Ginebra
F: Calvin Abueva (190-F-88) of Alaska Aces
F: Tyler Wilkerson (203-F-88) of Shaanxi W.
C/F: Arinze Onuaku (206-C/F-87) of Meralco Bolts

2nd Team
G: Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87) of San Miguel Beermen
PG: Lewis Tenorio (177-PG-84) of Barangay Ginebra
G/F: Jared Dillinger (195-G/F-84) of Meralco Bolts
F: Robert Dozier (206-F-85) of Alaska Aces
C: June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) of San Miguel Beermen

Honorable Mention
Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82) of San Miguel Beermen
Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85) of Barangay Ginebra
Vic Manuel (193-F-87) of Alaska Aces
Jericho Cruz (182-G-90) of Rain or Shine
Ranidel deOcampo (197-F-81) of Talk N Text

#PBA2016 Commish Cup Finals Roundup: May 18, 2016 - May 18, 2016

The Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters stopped the bleeding and dominated the Alaska Aces in Game 6 of the 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals to win only their second title in franchise history.

Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters finally clinched the 2016 Oppo PBA Commissioner's Cup championship after taking care of business against a gutsy but spent Alaska side, 109-92, in a series-clinching Game 6 on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Rain or Shine jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series but struggled in closing out Alaska, which survived two consecutive elimination games.

The Elasto Painters made sure they would not survive a third as they clinched it, 4-2, to bag the second title in the history of the Elasto Painters' franchise and the seventh title for head coach Yeng Guiao.

Jericho Cruz scored a team-high 21 points, while Paul Lee finished with 20 - doing most of his damage in an incredible two-minute span in the first quarter where he scored 15 of his total - to lead Rain or Shine.

Raymond Almazan added 15 points, and JR Quinahan chipped in with 14.

Alaska star Calvin Abueva finished with 26 points and eight rebounds despite being limited to under 25 minutes of play due to foul trouble. He fouled out with 2:01 remaining in the game.

Rain or Shine unleashed a barrage of three-pointers in the second half with Maverick Ahanmisi, Chris Tiu and Cruz all bombing Alaska from the outside, turning it into a 20-point game, 95-75, with only nine minutes remaining.

The Aces refused to stop fighting, though, coming back to within 13, but some timely baskets from Beau Belga and Lee all but sealed it.

Almazan capped it with a huge dunk in the final minute.

Rain or Shine import Pierre Henderson-Niles finished with seven points, nine rebounds, and two steals.

His Alaska counterpart, Rob Dozier, had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds but was laboring by the end of the game. He shot 4-for-15 (26%) and struggled to find his usual lift.

Jeff Chan and Ahanmisi each chipped in with eight points.

Lines of the Game:
Jericho Cruz (ROS) - 21pts, 5rebs, 1stl, 3 triples, 7/14 FGs
Calvin Abueva (ALA) - 26pts, 8rebs, 2stls, 3 triples, 8/13 FGs


Source: All-PBA Philippine Cup Awards 2016 - Feb 9, 2016 All-PBA Philippine Cup 1st Team 2016
Alex Cabagnot
Stanley Pringle
Terrence Bill Romeo
Vic Manuel
June Mar Fajardo

Finals MVP: Chris Ross (185-G-85) of San Miguel Beermen
Player of the Year: June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) of San Miguel Beermen
Guard of the Year: Terrence Bill Romeo (180-PG-92) of Globalport
Forward of the Year: Vic Manuel (193-F-87) of Alaska Aces
Center of the Year: June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) of San Miguel Beermen
Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Ross (185-G-85) of San Miguel Beermen
Coach of the Year: Leovino Austria of San Miguel Beermen

1st Team
G: Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82) of San Miguel Beermen
PG: Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87) of Globalport
PG: Terrence Bill Romeo (180-PG-92) of Globalport
F: Vic Manuel (193-F-87) of Alaska Aces
C: June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) of San Miguel Beermen

2nd Team
PG: Jayson William (180-PG-86) of Talk N Text
F: Calvin Abueva (190-F-88) of Alaska Aces
F: Arwind Santos (193-F-81) of San Miguel Beermen
F: Jeffrei Chan (188-F-83) of Rain or Shine
C: Greg Slaughter (216-C-88) of Barangay Ginebra

Honorable Mention
Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85) of Barangay Ginebra
Chris Ross (185-G-85) of San Miguel Beermen
Raymond Almazan (206-C-89) of Rain or Shine
Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85) of Rain or Shine
Lewis Tenorio (177-PG-84) of Barangay Ginebra
Jeth Troy Rosario (201-C-92) of Talk N Text

San Miguel completes Beeracle, clinches Philippine Cup crown in Game 7 - Feb 3, 2016

The San Miguel Beermen made sure it owned a piece of history - and the championship - after becoming the first PBA team to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series with a 96-89 win over the Alaska Aces in Game 7 of the SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena. San Miguel's historic feat, dubbed by fans as the 'Beeracle', allowed the team to clinch the 22nd championship in the franchise's history. It was also the second All-Filipino crown in as many seasons for the Beermen, who have now won the title in three of the last four conferences. June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89), who missed the first four games of the series, led the way with 21 points and 15 rebounds while Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall) also put up a heroic performance with 21 points - including four three-pointers - alongside five rebounds and five assists. Marcio Lassiter added 15 points while Arwind Santos added a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards. Alaska put up a gutsy stand in the fourth quarter, where they outscored SMB 38-28, but could not get the job done in the end. Christopher Banchero (186-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) led the Aces, now the runners-up to the Beermen for a third time in the last three conferences, with 21 points while Calvin Abueva had 16 points and nine rebounds. Vic Manuel, who had a breakout series for Alaska in these finals, finished with just three points while playing on a sprained ankle he hurt early in the game. Alaska coach Alex Compton made some unusual decisions to start the game. He burned all three of his mandatory timeouts in the first half before the game could even begin, leading to what was essentially a six-minute delay to the game. He then made a platoon substitution to start the contest, replacing four players from his starting lineup with Abueva, Manuel, Sonny Thoss and RJ Jazul, many of whom regularly come from off the bench. At the halfway point of the first quarter, a glimpse at the Alaska bench saw them in a huddle, not even paying attention to the game. The gamesmanship barely seemed to affect San Miguel, though, as they jumped out to a 15-8 lead even before their MVP, Fajardo, saw any action. 'The Kraken' entered at the 4:30 mark of the game and immediately made an impact, posting up on his undersized defender Noy Baclao for an easy two points. An additional free throw awarded to Ronald Tubid (185-G-81) on the rebound play gave the Beermen a double-digit lead, 18-8, late in the first. Some late three-pointers from Alaska sharpshooter Dondon Hontiveros (190-G-77) kept the Aces in the game with San Miguel's lead trimmed down to just six, 22-16, at the end of the first period. Fajardo went to work getting some scoring done in the second quarter as the Beermen maintained their lead early in the period. Alaska twice made runs to trim the difference down to four points but some big shots by Ross from long distance pushed San Miguel's lead back up to 10 points, 38-28. Alaska, though, got a late flurry in, closing the half on an 8-3 run built around a JVee Casio three-pointer and a fastbreak finish from Ping Exciminiano to make it a five-point game, 43-38. Ross, who started the game alongside Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) in the SMB backcourt, led San Miguel with 11 points. He was the lone player in double figures with Ronald Tubid coming closest with seven points. Alaska didn't have anyone with more than six points but had 11 different players contributing at least two points while San Miguel only had eight. San Miguel shot a much-higher percentage in the first half, 41% to Alaska's 31%, but turned the ball over 17 times compared to just six. San Miguel, though, delivered what seemed like the knockout blow in the third quarter. Fajardo toyed with Alaska's interior defense en route to 11 big points in the third quarter while Cabagnot, Ross, Santos and Lassiter made some huge impact baskets as they blew the game wide open, taking leads of as high as 21 points, 68-47, after a big 25-7 run right outside the two-minute mark of the quarter. With June Mar looking a lot like his old self in and around the post area, the Beermen dominated the period scoring 25 points - the most of any of the first three periods - while holding the Aces down to just 13. Alaska, which once seemed on the verge of a sweep in Game 4 of the series, faced a 17-point deficit heading into the final quarter of the conference. But Alaska showed some signs of life in the fourth as Casio drilled in a three-pointer and made a big defensive play in a nice sequence where Exciminiano finished on a play and Casio stole San Miguel's inbound pass before finding Christopher Banchero for another two points, 70-58. Cabagnot hit a three-pointer to stem the tide but Abueva - who had only six points in the first three periods - started to get going, attacking the hoop and earning trips to the line. Banchero, too, made some big plays, spearheading the Alaska fastbreak as the Aces came charging back. Abueva and Banchero scored all of the points in a 12-2 Alaska run that made it a five-point game, 75-70, with 7:35 remaining. Santos, though, made a big-time three-pointer and Ross came up huge with back-to-back layups - the first when he found an open lane in the halfcourt and the second on a leak-out in transition - to restore order for the Beermen, 84-72, with 4:46 remaining. Cyrus Baguio hit a three-pointer to keep his team in the game but Ross again had a big shot, knocking down his fourth three-pointer of the game to make it, 87-75. Abueva and Jazul combined to bring the lead back down to single digits but San Miguel still had an answer as Fajardo struck inside, 89-79, with under two minutes left to play. Lassiter sealed it with free throws in the final minute.
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