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HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Ginebra, Game 3 – PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals 2024

Delfin Dioquino, Martin Mendoza

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HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Ginebra, Game 3 – PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals 2024

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San Miguel Beer claims the first championship berth in the PBA Commissioner's Cup, completing its semifinal revenge run against Ginebra

San Miguel Beer became the first team to reach the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals after completing a sweep of Barangay Ginebra with a 94-91 triumph in Game 3 of the semifinals.

Bennie Boatwright dropped 26 points and 13 rebounds as the Beermen picked up their ninth straight win.

The Beermen, who got swept by the Gin Kings in their last series face-off, also became the first team in a decade to sweep Ginebra in a best-of-five series.

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Fourth quarter
  • FINAL: San Miguel completes the 3-0 semifinal sweep of Ginebra with a 94-91 win
  • SAN MIGUEL 94-89: June Mar Fajardo calmly sinks two free throws with 8.7 seconds left
  • SAN MIGUEL 92-89: Christian Standhardinger pulls Ginebra back within one possession with another pair of charities
  • SAN MIGUEL 92-87: Christian Standhardinger nails two foul shots
  • SAN MIGUEL 92-85: June Mar Fajardo spins and scores
  • SAN MIGUEL 90-85: Maverick Ahanmisi floats one in
  • SAN MIGUEL 90-83: Scottie Thompson with the left-hand finish in transition
  • SAN MIGUEL 90-81: CJ Perez for three, Japeth Aguilar with the jam
  • SAN MIGUEL 87-79: Jericho Cruz fakes the three and hits the long two
  • SAN MIGUEL 85-79: Marcio Lassiter drills the short stab
  • SAN MIGUEL 83-79: Tony Bishop cleans up his own miss
  • SAN MIGUEL 83-77: Bennie Boatwright beats the shot clock buzzer with a huge triple
  • SAN MIGUEL 80-77: Tony Bishop from deep
  • SAN MIGUEL 80-74: Back-to-back hits by Jericho Cruz and Marcio Lassiter
  • SAN MIGUEL 75-74: Scottie Thompson swishes the tough trey, plus the foul
  • SAN MIGUEL 75-71: Scottie Thompson scoops it in
Third quarter
  • END OF 3Q: San Miguel stays ahead of Ginebra with a 75-69 lead
  • SAN MIGUEL 75-69: Jeron Teng scores inside
  • SAN MIGUEL 73-69: Scottie Thompson drains a three-pointer
  • SAN MIGUEL 73-66: Jericho Cruz completes a three-point play
  • SAN MIGUEL 70-66: Jericho Cruz scores from mid-range, LA Tenorio counters with a trey
  • SAN MIGUEL 68-63: Jericho Cruz and June Mar Fajardo with four straight points for the Beermen
  • SAN MIGUEL 64-63: Stanley Pringle rattles in a floater
  • SAN MIGUEL 64-61: Bennie Boatwright lets it fly from long distance
  • 61-61: Marcio Lassiter ties it up with a layup
  • GINEBRA 61-59: Christian Standhardinger and Bennie Boatwright trade baskets
  • GINEBRA 59-56: June Mar Fajardo splits his foul shots
  • GINEBRA 59-55: Tony Bishop converts down low
  • GINEBRA 57-55: Back-to-back threes by Marcio Lassiter
  • GINEBRA 57-52: Marcio Lassiter pulls up from deep
  • GINEBRA 57-49: Japeth Aguilar’s mid-range hit is good
  • GINEBRA 55-49: CJ Perez skies for a wide-open fastbreak layup
  • GINEBRA 55-47: Jamie Malonzo walks into a three-pointer
  • GINEBRA 52-47: Bennie Boatwright goes 1/3 from the line
  • GINEBRA 52-46: Scottie Thompson answers right back with his own trey
  • GINEBRA 49-46: Chris Ross ends San Miguel’s drought with a long bomb
  • GINEBRA 49-43: 7-0 run by the Gin Kings as Japeth Aguilar scores again
  • GINEBRA 47-43: Japeth Aguilar banks in the short stab
  • GINEBRA 45-43: Tony Bishop opens the second half with a booming triple
First-half performers
  • Bennie Boatwright (SAN MIGUEL) – 16 points
  • CJ Perez (SAN MIGUEL) – 6 points
  • Don Trollano (SAN MIGUEL) – 6 points
  • Tony Bishop (GINEBRA) – 15 points
  • Jamie Malonzo (GINEBRA) – 7 points
  • LA Tenorio (GINEBRA) – 5 points
Second quarter
  • HALFTIME: San Miguel keeps a slim 43-42 edge against Ginebra
  • SAN MIGUEL 43-42: Scottie Thompson with a tough reverse layup to finish the first half
  • SAN MIGUEL 43-40: CJ Perez attacks strong and scores
  • SAN MIGUEL 41-40: John Pinto with an easy layup in transition
  • SAN MIGUEL 41-38: Jamie Malonzo drills the fade-away jumper
  • SAN MIGUEL 41-36: Tony Bishop and Bennie Boatwright exchange buckets anew
  • SAN MIGUEL 38-34: Bennie Boatwright cans the trey
  • SAN MIGUEL 35-34: Tony Bishop lays it in
  • SAN MIGUEL 35-32: June Mar Fajardo goes 2/2 from the line
  • SAN MIGUEL 33-32: Bennie Boatwright slams it home on the break
  • GINEBRA 32-31: Bennie Boatwright for three
  • GINEBRA 32-28: Jamie Malonzo scores off a putback
  • GINEBRA 30-28: Jamie Malonzo fires and hits from deep
  • SAN MIGUEL 28-27: Marcio Lassiter nails two freebies
  • GINEBRA 27-26: Stanley Pringle gives the Gin Kings the lead with a corner trey
  • SAN MIGUEL 26-24: Tony Bishop keeps his run going with two free throws
  • SAN MIGUEL 26-22: Don Trollano splits from the line
  • SAN MIGUEL 25-22: Tony Bishop stops and pops from mid-range
  • SAN MIGUEL 25-20: Jeron Teng with a tough basket over Stanley Pringle
  • SAN MIGUEL 23-20: Jeron Teng and Tony Bishop exchange twos
First quarter
  • END OF 1Q: San Miguel wraps up the opening period with a 21-18 lead over Ginebra
  • SAN MIGUEL 21-18: Tony Bishop beats the buzzer
  • SAN MIGUEL 21-16: Don Trollano converts inside
  • SAN MIGUEL 19-16: Back-to-back baskets by LA Tenorio as he drills a three-pointer
  • SAN MIGUEL 19-13: LA Tenorio with a much-needed hit for Ginebra
  • SAN MIGUEL 19-11: Jericho Cruz steals and scores in transition
  • SAN MIGUEL 17-11: Don Trollano adds another one from downtown
  • SAN MIGUEL 14-11: Jericho Cruz uncorks a long bomb off the timeout
  • 11-11: Scottie Thompson banks in the long two
  • SAN MIGUEL 11-9: LA Tenorio feeds Christian Standhardinger for an undergoal stab
  • SAN MIGUEL 11-7: Bennie Boatwright knocks down three free throws
  • SAN MIGUEL 8-7: Japeth Aguilar swishes a jumper
  • SAN MIGUEL 8-5: CJ Perez again, this time in transition
  • SAN MIGUEL 6-5: CJ Perez slashes hard and scores over Japeth Aguilar
  • GINEBRA 5-4: Bennie Boatwright finishes on the break
  • GINEBRA 5-2: Japeth Aguilar cleans up Scottie Thompson’s miss
  • GINEBRA 3-2: June Mar Fajardo responds with a deuce
  • GINEBRA 3-0: Tony Bishop opens the scoring with a three-pointer
Starting lineup
  • GINEBRA – Scottie Thompson, Jamie Malonzo, Tony Bishop, Japeth Aguilar, Christian Standhardinger
  • SAN MIGUEL – Chris Ross, CJ Perez, Marcio Lassiter, Bennie Boatwright, June Mar Fajardo
Preview

No team has swept Barangay Ginebra in a best-of-five series in over a decade.

San Miguel stands one win away from achieving that feat as it looks to finish off the Gin Kings in Game 3 of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday, January 28.

Gaining a commanding 2-0 series lead following a 106-96 victory on Friday, the Beermen looks primed to avenge its 3-0 loss to Ginebra last season when they tangled in the semifinals of the Governors’ Cup.

The Gin Kings last got swept in a best-of-five affair in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup finals, where they succumbed to the Alaska Aces.

Ginebra has its work cut out for it as the Beermen have been on a roll, winning eight straight games behind import Bennie Boatwright and local stars June Mar Fajardo and CJ Perez.

Boatwright averaged 30.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in the first two games of the series, while Fajardo and Perez provided ample support as San Miguel zeroed in on its first finals stint since ruling the Philippine Cup last season.

The Beermen, though, have no plans getting ahead of themselves.

“In this team, it is ladder by ladder. We’re on the third ladder. A win is a win on Sunday, but if not, then we just got to work harder,” said San Miguel head coach Jorge Gallent.

“Of course, we want to try to finish it on Sunday. But I’m sure Ginebra is going to come prepared. We’re just going to grind it.”

Game time is 6:30 pm. – 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.