PBA Commissioner’s Cup

Despite Lassiter absence, San Miguel spoils Navarro debut with rout of NorthPort

Delfin Dioquino
Despite Lassiter absence, San Miguel spoils Navarro debut with rout of NorthPort

DOING IT ALL. Devon Scott delivers all-around numbers anew for San Miguel.

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Devon Scott sets the tone as San Miguel notches its first back-to-back wins in the PBA Commissioner's Cup

ANTIPOLO, Philippines – San Miguel spoiled the PBA debut of William Navarro to notch back-to-back wins in the Commissioner’s Cup for the first time after crushing NorthPort, 104-86, at the Ynares Center on Wednesday, October 26.

Import Devon Scott delivered all-around numbers of 25 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 assists as the Beermen improved to an even 3-3 despite missing veteran guard Marcio Lassiter, who is out due to health and safety protocols.

Last Sunday, Lassiter set the tone in their skid-snapping 124-116 win over NLEX by unloading 18 of his 22 points in the first quarter.

But without Lassiter, Scott took charge early by scattering 13 points and 7 rebounds in the opening frame to help San Miguel mount a 26-16 lead, which grew to as big as 25 points in the third period.

CJ Perez came off the bench and produced 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists, while Jericho Cruz and Simon Enciso finished with 14 points each in the win and combined for 8 assists and 7 rebounds.

The Beermen also got timely contributions from Robbie Herndon, who put up 11 points and 6 rebounds as he earned 30 minutes of playing time with Chris Ross opting to sit out for the reigning champions due to a swollen knee.

Navarro, who recently signed with the Batang Pier after his bid to play in the Korean Basketball League hit a snag due to his commitment to Gilas Pilipinas, churned out 14 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal in his first PBA game.

The addition of Navarro, though, did not prevent NorthPort from crashing to its second straight win as it dropped below .500 for the first time this conference and fell to 3-4.

Prince Ibeh led the Batang Pier with 16 points, 16 rebounds, and 3 blocks, while Robert Bolick posted 10 points, 7 assists, and 2 steals.

The Scores

San Miguel 104 – Scott 25, Perez 15, Enciso 14, Cruz 14, Herndon 11, Tautuaa 9, Manuel 6, Zamar 6, Brondial 2, Canete 2, Faundo 0.

NorthPort 86 – Ibeh 16, Navarro 14, Bolick 10, Balanza 8, Ayaay 8, Tolentino 6, Ferrer 6, Chan 5, Salado 5, Santos 3, Caperal 3, Calma 2, Taha 0, Vigil 0.

Quarters: 26-16, 47-32, 78-61, 104-86.

– Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.