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HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Magnolia – PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Game 5

Delfin Dioquino, Martin Mendoza

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HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Magnolia – PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Game 5

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San Miguel moves on the cusp of the PBA Commissioner's Cup crown after outlasting Magnolia in Game 5

Jericho Cruz took over as San Miguel held off  Magnolia,108-98, to move within a win of the  PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship on Sunday, February 11, at the Araneta Coliseum.

Cruz unleashed a playoff career-high 30 points built on 8 three-pointers as the Beermen took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven title series.

Bennie Boatwright added 21 points and June Mar Fajardo also scored 18 for the Beermen, who pulled through late in Game 5 even as the Hotshots threatened by just a possession in the final minute.

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Fourth quarter
  • FINAL: Jericho Cruz erupts for 30 points as San Miguel takes a crucial 3-2 lead with a 108-98 win over Magnolia
  • SAN MIGUEL 108-98: CJ Perez and Chris Ross with back-to-back steals and layups to seal the deal
  • SAN MIGUEL 104-98: Bennie Boatwright with two crucial free throws. 32.5 seconds to play
  • SAN MIGUEL 102-98: Tyler Bey 2/2 from the line. 48.9 seconds left
  • SAN MIGUEL 102-96: Jericho Cruz knocks down his eighth three-pointer of the game. Timeout Magnolia with 53 seconds remaining
  • SAN MIGUEL 99-96: Tyler Bey makes it a three-point game after swishing two free throws
  • SAN MIGUEL 99-94: Ian Sangalang and Tyler Bey with a quick 4-0 run. Timeout Beermen with 1:30 left
  • SAN MIGUEL 99-90: June Mar Fajardo absorbs the contact and finishes. He misses the bonus free throw with 3:29 to play
  • SAN MIGUEL 97-90: Ian Sangalang with a much-needed three-point play for Magnolia
  • SAN MIGUEL 97-87: Jio Jalalon scores inside, Jericho Cruz responds with a trey
  • SAN MIGUEL 94-85: Tyler Bey hits another three, Bennie Boatwright counters with an and-one
  • SAN MIGUEL 91-82: Jio Jalalon lays it in on the break
  • SAN MIGUEL 91-80: Tyler Bey connects from long range
  • SAN MIGUEL 91-77: Paul Lee banks one in, but Simon Enciso responds with another three-pointer for the Beermen
  • SAN MIGUEL 88-75: Jericho Cruz makes the defense pay with a wide-open triple
  • SAN MIGUEL 85-75: Jericho Cruz stops their drought with a cold-blooded three
  • SAN MIGUEL 82-75: Paul Lee drops it off to Ian Sangalang for the easy deuce
  • SAN MIGUEL 82-73: Aris Dionisio cuts the deficit to single digits with a corner trey
  • SAN MIGUEL 82-70: Ian Sangalang scores underneath off the timeout
  • SAN MIGUEL 82-68: 6-0 run by the Beermen as Bennie Boatwright completes a three-point play
  • SAN MIGUEL 79-68: Don Trollano pulls up for a transition triple
Third quarter
  • END OF 3Q: San Miguel still in control over Magnolia with a 76-68 lead
  • SAN MIGUEL 76-68: Jericho Cruz and Jio Jalalon trade tough floaters to finish the quarter
  • SAN MIGUEL 74-66: Bennie Boatwright hits two foul shots
  • SAN MIGUEL 72-66: Tyler Bey fires his third triple
  • SAN MIGUEL 72-63: Mo Tautuaa floats it in off a dish by Jericho Cruz
  • SAN MIGUEL 70-63: James Laput makes two foul shots
  • SAN MIGUEL 70-61: June Mar Fajardo drills his ninth and tenth free throws of the game
  • SAN MIGUEL 68-61: Jericho Cruz and Bennie Boatwright combine for 5 straight points
  • SAN MIGUEL 63-61: Paul Lee breaks down the defense and scores off a spin
  • SAN MIGUEL 63-59: June Mar Fajardo finally goes perfect from the stripe
  • SAN MIGUEL 61-59: Rome dela Rosa splits from the line this time
  • SAN MIGUEL 61-58: Jericho Cruz uncorks a wide-open long bomb
  • 58-58: Rome dela Rosa ties the game again with two charities
  • SAN MIGUEL 58-56: Bennie Boatwright immediately counters with his own deuce
  • 56-56: Ian Sangalang ties it up with an easy layup
  • SAN MIGUEL 56-54: Tyler Bey pulls Magnolia within one possession with two free throws
  • SAN MIGUEL 56-52: Ian Sangalang forces his way inside and converts
  • SAN MIGUEL 56-50: Calvin Abueva walks into a three-pointer
  • SAN MIGUEL 56-47: Tyler Bey and June Mar Fajardo exchange easy layups
  • SAN MIGUEL 54-45: CJ Perez forces a Magnolia timeout after another tough finish
  • SAN MIGUEL 52-45: CJ Perez converts down low
  • SAN MIGUEL 50-45: Calvin Abueva spins and scores, plus the foul
  • SAN MIGUEL 50-43: June Mar Fajardo putback is good
  • SAN MIGUEL 48-43: Jio Jalalon starts the second half with a jumper
First-half performers
  • Simon Enciso (SAN MIGUEL) – 12 points, 4/5 3FG
  • Jericho Cruz (SAN MIGUEL) – 11 points, 3/5 3FG
  • June Mar Fajardo (SAN MIGUEL) – 8 points, 7 rebounds
  • Tyler Bey (MAGNOLIA) – 15 points
  • Jio Jalalon (MAGNOLIA) – 9 points
  • Paul Lee (MAGNOLIA) – 8 points
Second quarter
  • HALFTIME: Simon Enciso sinks a last-second trey as San Miguel keeps a 48-41 edge over Magnolia
  • SAN MIGUEL 45-41: Jio Jalalon nails two free throws
  • SAN MIGUEL 45-39: June Mar Fajardo 1/2 from the stripe
  • SAN MIGUEL 44-39: June Mar Fajardo and Paul Lee trade putback layups
  • SAN MIGUEL 42-37: June Mar Fajardo splits again from the line
  • SAN MIGUEL 41-37: Paul Lee gets open for a three-pointer
  • SAN MIGUEL 41-34: Marcio Lassiter undergoal stab is good, Tyler Bey skies for a two-handed putback slam
  • SAN MIGUEL 39-32: Simon Enciso lets it fly from downtown
  • SAN MIGUEL 36-32: Ian Sangalang answers with his own pair of free throws
  • SAN MIGUEL 36-30: June Mar Fajardo goes perfect from the foul line
  • SAN MIGUEL 34-30: Paul Lee completes an and-one
  • SAN MIGUEL 34-27: Don Trollano lays it in
  • SAN MIGUEL 32-27: Back-to-back buckets by Tyler Bey
  • SAN MIGUEL 32-25: Calvin Abueva feeds Tyler Bey for a layup on the break
  • SAN MIGUEL 32-23: Don Trollano cans two foul shots
  • SAN MIGUEL 30-23: Tyler Bey buries a three-pointer
  • SAN MIGUEL 30-20: Bennie Boatwright cleans his own miss
  • SAN MIGUEL 28-20: Mark Barroca finishes inside
  • SAN MIGUEL 28-18: Jericho Cruz still on fire as he knocks down his third triple of the game
First quarter
  • END OF 1Q: San Miguel sets the tone with a 25-18 lead over Magnolia
  • SAN MIGUEL 25-18: Jio Jalalon sinks two freebies
  • SAN MIGUEL 25-16: Jericho Cruz hits again, this time from beyond the arc
  • SAN MIGUEL 22-16: Jericho Cruz drains a long two
  • SAN MIGUEL 20-16: Aris Dionisio and Don Trollano exchange long bombs
  • SAN MIGUEL 17-13: Bennie Boatwright gets two free throws to go
  • SAN MIGUEL 15-13: Tyler Bey lights it up from long distance
  • SAN MIGUEL 15-10: Jericho Cruz enters the game and quickly swishes a triple
  • SAN MIGUEL 12-10: Mark Barroca hits a wide-open teardrop
  • SAN MIGUEL 12-8: June Mar Fajardo goes 1/2 from the line
  • SAN MIGUEL 11-8: Tyler Bey side steps and scores
  • SAN MIGUEL 11-6: Bennie Boatwright scores inside
  • SAN MIGUEL 9-6: Jio Jalalon stops and pops from mid-range
  • SAN MIGUEL 9-4: Tyler Bey splits his charities
  • SAN MIGUEL 9-3: Back-to-back threes by surprise starter Simon Enciso
  • 3-3: Jio Jalalon puts Magnolia on the board with a three
  • SAN MIGUEL 3-0: CJ Perez with an easy layup
  • SAN MIGUEL 1-0: June Mar Fajardo opens the scoring with a free throw
Starting lineups
  • SAN MIGUEL: Simon Enciso, CJ Perez, Marcio Lassiter, Bennie Boatwright, June Mar Fajardo
  • MAGNOLIA: Jio Jalalon, Mark Barroca, Rome Dela Rosa, Tyler Bey, Ian Sangalang

Has Magnolia decoded San Miguel?

That question will be answered as the Hotshots shoot for a third straight win and a 3-2 lead in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals when they tangle with the Beermen in Game 5 at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, February 11.

Beaten by 32 points combined in the first two games of the best-of-seven affair, Magnolia has flipped the script, tying the series at 2-2 after limiting San Miguel to under 90 points in each of their last two encounters.

Game 3 and Game 4 marked the only times the Beermen got contained to under 90 points after averaging 106.8 points in their previous 17 games – a run capped by 11 straight wins.

The way the Hotshots turned the series around has given head coach Chito Victolero something to be proud of, but he is far from satisfied.

“We just tied the series. Nothing to celebrate. Just need to prepare hard for the next game,” said Victolero.

“I like the effort. I like the aura of my team. We’re doing well right now, offensively and defensively. We’re still the underdogs for this series.”

Magnolia aims to share the wealth anew after five players scored in double figures in Game 4, with Tyler Bey dropping 26 points to show the way for locals Mark Barroca (14), Paul Lee (14), Ian Sangalang (13), and Jio Jalalon (10).

San Miguel, meanwhile, hopes that high-scoring import Bennie Boatwright will rediscover his touch after being held to a conference-low 16 points in Game 4.

Game time is 6:15 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.