#PBA2017 Philippine Cup Finals Roundup: March 5, 2017 - Mar 5, 2017
The starting five of the San Miguel Beermen dominated in Game 5 to annex the PBA Philippine Cup title for the third year in a row! In effect, the Beermen are the recipients of the PBA's perpetual trophy, and they are only the second team to achieve a Philippine Cup 3-peat after Talk N Text did it from 2011 to 2013.
SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS, 91-85 The San Miguel Beermen clinched a rare PBA Philippine Cup three-peat after claiming victory over Barangay Ginebra, 91-85, in Game 5 of the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos each scored 21 points on a combined 15-of-22 FG shooting to lead San Miguel, which had to stave off a late rally from the never-say-die Ginebra quintet.
Fajardo, one of only two Beermen in the 2017 Gilas Pilipinas nationl pool (the other is seldom-used big man Arnold Van Opstal), added 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block to his tally, while Santos registered 8 boards, 2 dimes, and 2 rejections of his own.
Chris Ross had his most pedestrian scoring outing of the series, finishing with just a dozen points, but he showcased his versatlity again, putting up 10 assists, 8 rebounds, and 6 steals. He was named PBA Philippine Cup Finals MVP for the second year in a row.
Ginebra was paced by Japeth Aguilar's 26 points, while Sol Mercado and Joe Devance each dropped 20 markers in the loss.
LINES OF THE GAME: Chris Ross (SMB) - 12pts, 10asts, 8rebs, 6stls, 2 triples. Japeth Aguilar (GIN) - 26pts, 16rebs, 1ast.
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