Ross, Williams star in Beermen win vs Mixers
MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel import Reggie Williams missed two free throws that would have sealed the win for the Beermen, but he made up for it as he stole the ball from San Mig Super Coffee import Marqus Blakely in the dying seconds of the ball game.
The Beermen recorded their second win in the 2014 PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors' Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday, May 25 after surviving a tight contest against the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers, 92-90.
Blakely knotted the game at 81 after knocking down two freethrows with 3:40 left in the game.
But wingman Chris Lutz and Williams hit back-to-back three-pointers to give the men in red a 5-point lead, 88-83, with only 1:42 left in the payoff period.
Chris Ross quickly followed it up with a big play driving down the lane and dropping a pass to Fajardo for an easy bucket that put the Beermen back on top, 90-85.
Chris Ross was the X-factor in the fourth quarter that turned the tied around for the Beermen. He finished the game with 15 points, 13 of which came in the final quarter where San Miguel made a big run.
The Beermen were trailing, 60-67, heading in the fourth period.
Ross also made crucial defensive plays forcing turnovers and drawing a charge on Peter June Simon who was keeping the fight alive for the Mixers.
Speaking of Simon, he sank a jumper that cut the deficit to just 3, 90-87. The Beermen misfired in the ensuing play but reigning PBA Most Valuable Player Arwind Santos came up with a crucial offensive rebound that led to two free throws for June Mar Fajardo.
Fajardo (18 points, 18 rebounds) missed 4-straight from the charity stripe but made the ones that mattered as he went 2-of-2 in that crucial trip to the freethrow line giving the Beermen the lead for good, 92-87.
James Yap gave the Mixers some more hope as he knocked down a cold-blooded triple in the face of Reggie Williams cutting the lead to just 2, 92-90.
Williams was fouled in the next play. Visibly tired, he missed both free throws but made up for it by swiping the ball away from Blakely to preserve the lead and get the win for the Beermen.
The Beermen were trailing early in the game and their hopes for a comeback took a step back when Marcio Lassiter sustained a deep cut on his right foot after crashing into the stands.
Lassiter was immediately rushed to St. Lukes medical center to treat his wound and might not be available to play in the Beermen's next game on Wednesday, May 28 againt the Barako Bull Energy Cola. – Rappler.com
San Miguel Beer (92) - Williams 29, Fajardo 18, Ross 15, Santos 13, Tubid 6, Lutz 6, Mercado 3, Kramer 2, Maierhofer 0, Duncil 0, Lassiter 0, Chua 0.
San Mig Super Coffee (90) - Blakely 31, Barroca 13, Pingris 12, Yap 11, Devance 8, Simon 8, Reavis 5, Mallari 2, Maliksi 0, Sangalang 0, Melton 0.
Quarter scores: 19-21, 40-44, 60-67, 92-90