SMB’s second half turnaround snatches 3-2 Finals edge over TNT

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SMB’s second half turnaround snatches 3-2 Finals edge over TNT
SMB will have the chance to finish off the best-of-7 Finals series on Sunday

MANILA, Philippines- The San Miguel Beermen erased an early double-digit deficit to snatch a 3-2 advantage against the TNT KaTropa, 111-102 , in Game 5 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Friday, June 30 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The Beermen turned the tables after being down by 15 in halftime as they doubled the KaTropa’s output in the 3rd quarter, 36-18, to gain back the advantage in the final minutes of the match.

Alex Cabagnot paced San Miguel with 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists, while Arwind Santos pitched in 27 markers and 8 boards.

Ranidel de Ocampo came out firing early as he posted 19 points for the KaTropa after two quarters, but wound up scoreless in the second half.

Kris Rosales also found his offensive groove in Game 5 after listing 16 points off the bench, and going 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

The Beermen will have the chance to close out the series and claim the conference trophy when they play Game 6 on Sunday, July 2.


SMB (111): Cabagnot 28, Santos 27, Rhodes 20, Lassiter 17, Ross 10, Fajardo 9, Espinas 0, Heruela 0, Semerad 0, Tubid 0, De Ocampo 0

TNT (102): De Ocampo 19, Rosales 16, Smith 15, Castro 12, Semerad 12, Rosario 12, Reyes 6, Garcia 3, Tautuaa 3, Pogoy 2, Williams 2, Nuyles 0

Quarter scores: 29-26, 46-61, 82-79, 111-102



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