San Miguel makes PBA Philippine Cup Finals anew

By: Inquirer.net April 25,2019 - 09:43 PM

Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel tries to pierce through the Phoenix defense in Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. contributed photo | PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines–Coming off the heels of a masterful victory, it was clear that the reigning champions remain the force to be reckoned with in the prestigious PBA Philippine Cup.

San Miguel Beer took everything the top-seeded Phoenix Pulse could offer on Thursday night (April 25, 2019), and still pulled out a 105-94 Game 5 win at the Cuneta Astrodome to book its fifth straight Finals appearance—the second most in the league’s storied history.

Chris Ross scored 24 points, his most in the semifinals, as the Beermen closed this half of the semifinals, 4-1, and moved closer to preserving their historic four-time reign in the All-Filipino conference.

Alex Cabagnot joined the scoring fray, unloading 22 points—15 of those coming from the three-point stripe, while five-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo from Cebu tossed in 17 more to go with 16 rebounds, three assists and a block.

San Miguel led by as many as 25 points in the game.

LA Revilla, Phoenix’s diminutive guard, figured as the biggest threat for San Miguel. He tallied 15 points—second to Matthew Wright’s 20—to help bring the Fuel Masters pull within eight.

From there on, Wright and RJ Jazul took turns in clipping the lead to as low as four, but was turned back by a jumper from Terrence Romeo, who has yet to taste a trip to the Finals.

San Miguel will wait for the winner of the Rain or Shine vs Magnolia semis series, which the Hotshots lead, 3-2. /bmjo 

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