Beermen erase 17-point deficit for 7th straight win
MANILA, Philippines – The San Miguel Beermen bucked a slow start and clawed back out of a 17-point hole to run over the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters, 101-96, in the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup on Tuesday, June 9 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Import Arizona Reid had a superb all-around performance of 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists as the Beermen stretched its win streak to 7 after starting the conference with back-to-back losses.
"This game is really important to us to avoid any complication in getting to the top 4. Our goal is really to get into the top 4," said head coach Leo Austria.
This season's Philippine Cup champions are in second place behind Barako Bull and are now assured of a playoffs spot. The top 4 teams will each gain a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
Marcio Lassiter added 15 points while Arwind Santos scored 14 markers and grabbed 8 rebounds as the Beermen rallied from 17 points down in the second and knotted the count at 45-all heading into the locker rooms.
Alex Cabagnot went across the board with 11 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds and a steal off the bench. Ronald Tubid added 10 points.
San Miguel controlled the paint and converted 42 points from that area, compared to just 24 by Talk 'N Text, even as MVP June Mar Fajardo had a quiet 9 points and 8 rebounds all game.
Jayson Castro poured 25 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds for the Texters, which lost its fourth straight game and are toiling at 10th place so far, outside of the playoff picture.
Import Steffphon Pettigrew scored 17 points for the second consecutive game on 7 for 14 shooting and 3-of-9 free throws. He also had 11 rebounds and two blocks.
Larry Fonacier and Willie Miller each had 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Texters managed to stay within striking distance entering the fourth down by just 6. But the Beermen quickly re-established a 12-point edge and Talk 'N Text lost steam for a comeback towards the end.
SAN MIGUEL 101 - Reid 29, Lassiter 15, Santos 14, Cabagnot 11, Tubid 10, Fajardo 9, Espinas 7, Ross 4, Lutz 2, Reyes 0.
TALK N' TEXT 96 - Castro 25, Pettigrew 17, Fonacier 11, Miller 10, Daghles 8, Williams 8, De Ocampo 8, Seigle 4, Carey 2, Rosser 2, Washington 1.
Quarter scores: 15-28, 45-45, 75-67, 101-96