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HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Magnolia – PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Game 6

Delfin Dioquino, Martin Mendoza

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HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Magnolia – PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Game 6

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San Miguel finishes off Magnolia to capture the PBA Commissioner's Cup crown with a come-from-behind victory

San Miguel Beermen pulled off a thriller of a win to capture the PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship.

Rallying from a double-digit deficit, the Beermen stunned the Magnolia Hotshots with a huge second-half turnaround for a heart-stopping 104-102 escape in Game 6 on Wedensday, February 14, at the Araneta Coliseum.

CJ Perez led the Beermen to their 29th title in franchise history with 28 points.

Perez, the Best Player of the Conference, also captured the Finals MVP after averaging 18 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 3.2 steals in the best-of-seven series.

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Fourth quarter
  • FINAL: San Miguel captures the PBA Commissioner’s Cup crown after finishing off Magnolia in six games with a thrilling 104-102 victory
  • SAN MIGUEL 104-102: Jericho Cruz ices the game with a free throw
  • SAN MIGUEL 103-102: Aris Dionisio makes it a one-point game with a clutch long bomb. Timeout Beermen with 21 seconds left
  • SAN MIGUEL 103-99: CJ Perez steps back for a huge trey. Timeout Magnolia with 48.7 seconds to go
  • SAN MIGUEL 100-99: Chris Ross gives the Beermen the lead with a wide-open corner triple
  • MAGNOLIA 99-97: Tyler Bey splits his free throws. Timeout San Miguel with 1:34 remaining
  • MAGNOLIA 98-97: Jericho Cruz hits a crucial three-pointer. Timeout Hotshots with 1:43 left to play
  • MAGNOLIA 98-94: CJ Perez drives hard and scores
  • MAGNOLIA 98-92: Ian Sangalang kicks it out to Paul Lee for a cold-blooded three
  • MAGNOLIA 95-92: CJ Perez makes it a one possession game with a layup on the break
  • MAGNOLIA 95-90: Jericho Cruz cuts the deficit to just 5 after a putback layup
  • MAGNOLIA 95-88: Ian Sangalang sinks the short stab, CJ Perez 2/2 from the line
  • MAGNOLIA 93-86: Bennie Boatwright cleans his own miss
  • MAGNOLIA 93-84: Rome dela Rosa nails a huge corner trey
  • MAGNOLIA 90-84: 5-0 run by San Miguel after a Bennie Boatwright basket. Timeout Hotshots with 7:01 remaining
  • MAGNOLIA 90-82: Rome dela Rosa with a tough reverse, CJ Perez answers with a trey
  • MAGNOLIA 88-79: Jio Jalalon drops it off to Ian Sangalang for an easy layup
  • MAGNOLIA 86-79: Jericho Cruz knocks down his second triple of the game
  • MAGNOLIA 86-76: Calvin Abueva brings the Hotshots’ lead back to 10 with two charities
  • MAGNOLIA 84-76: Ian Sangalang sinks a hook shot
  • MAGNOLIA 82-76: Chris Ross lets it fly from downtown
Third quarter
  • END OF 3Q: Magnolia slowly pulls away from San Miguel with an 82-73 advantage
  • MAGNOLIA 82-73: Aris Dionisio and Bennie Boatwright trade twos
  • MAGNOLIA 80-71: Mark Barroca drains his trademark mid-range jumper
  • MAGNOLIA 78-71: Easy basket by Bennie Boatwright
  • MAGNOLIA 78-69: June Mar Fajardo nails two from the foul line
  • MAGNOLIA 78-67: Jio Jalalon splits his freebies
  • MAGNOLIA 77-67: Jericho Cruz finally gets on the board for San Miguel with a much-needed triple
  • MAGNOLIA 77-64: Tyler Bey and Paul Lee with a quick 5-0 run
  • MAGNOLIA 72-64: Chris Ross finds the cutting Mo Tautuaa for a wide-open finish
  • MAGNOLIA 72-62: Bennie Boatwright gets two free throws to go
  • MAGNOLIA 72-60: Paul Lee goes perfect from the free throw line
  • MAGNOLIA 70-60: Tyler Bey uncorks a three-pointer
  • MAGNOLIA 67-60: CJ Perez now with 12 points in the third quarter after another layup
  • MAGNOLIA 67-58: CJ Perez tips in June Mar Fajardo’s miss
  • MAGNOLIA 67-56: Bennie Boatwright steals and scores
  • MAGNOLIA 67-54: Tyler Bey scores off the timeout
  • MAGNOLIA 65-54: Mark Barroca extends the Hotshots’ lead to double-digits with a triple
  • MAGNOLIA 62-54: Paul Lee keeps it going with three free throws
  • MAGNOLIA 59-54: Paul Lee and CJ Perez trade long bombs
  • MAGNOLIA 56-51: CJ Perez drills two charities
  • MAGNOLIA 56-49: Tyler Bey soars high for a layup
  • MAGNOLIA 54-49: CJ Perez counters with an and-one play
  • MAGNOLIA 54-46: Mark Barroca opens the second half with a three-pointer
First-half performers
  • Paul Lee (MAGNOLIA) – 12 points
  • Jio Jalalon (MAGNOLIA) – 11 points
  • Ian Sangalang (MAGNOLIA) – 10 points
  • June Mar Fajardo (SAN MIGUEL) – 17 points
  • Don Trollano (SAN MIGUEL) – 10 points
  • Bennie Boatwright (SAN MIGUEL) – 7 points
Second quarter
  • HALFTIME: Magnolia maintains a slight edge over San Miguel, 51-46
  • MAGNOLIA 51-46: June Mar Fajardo adds two more from the foul line
  • MAGNOLIA 51-44: Paul Lee swishes a tough runner
  • MAGNOLIA 49-44: Bennie Boatwright with a putback finish
  • MAGNOLIA 49-42: June Mar Fajardo makes two free throws
  • MAGNOLIA 49-40: Paul Lee connects on a corner trey
  • MAGNOLIA 46-40: June Mar Fajardo backs down Ian Sangalang and finishes despite the contact
  • MAGNOLIA 46-38: June Mar Fajardo and Paul Lee exchange easy baskets
  • MAGNOLIA 44-36: Ian Sangalang scores off his own miss, plus the foul
  • MAGNOLIA 42-36: Jeron Teng splits his foul shots
  • MAGNOLIA 42-35: Jio Jalalon walks into a wide-open trey
  • MAGNOLIA 39-35: 6-0 run by the Hotshots after an easy layup by Ian Sangalang
  • MAGNOLIA 37-35: Jio Jalalon converts off another goaltend call
  • 35-35: Ian Sangalang grabs the offensive rebound and scores
  • SAN MIGUEL 35-33: Don Trollano 2/2 from the stripe
  • 33-33: Aris Dionisio ties it up with a layup
  • SAN MIGUEL 33-31: Don Trollano gives the Beermen the lead with a triple
  • MAGNOLIA 31-30: June Mar Fajardo fires and hits from long distance
  • MAGNOLIA 31-27: Rome dela Rosa scores off a goaltend
  • MAGNOLIA 29-27: Mo Tautuaa scores off Chris Ross’ miss
  • MAGNOLIA 29-25: Chris Ross and Mark Barroca exchange long bombs to open the second quarter
First quarter
  • END OF 1Q: Magnolia wraps up the opening period with a 26-22 lead over San Miguel
  • MAGNOLIA 26-22: Don Trollano knocks down a tough jumper
  • MAGNOLIA 26-20: Bennie Boatwright with a quick three off the timeout
  • MAGNOLIA 26-17: Paul Lee side steps and scores on the break
  • MAGNOLIA 24-17: Tyler Bey sinks two free throws
  • MAGNOLIA 22-17: Ian Sangalang’s floater is good
  • MAGNOLIA 20-17: Don Trollano makes the defense pay by nailing a wide-open corner trey
  • MAGNOLIA 20-14: Tyler Bey floats it in off an assist by Jio Jalalon
  • MAGNOLIA 18-14: June Mar Fajardo with an easy undergoal stab
  • MAGNOLIA 18-12: Bennie Boatwright gets on the board off a crafty spin move
  • MAGNOLIA 18-10: Tyler Bey slams it home in transition
  • MAGNOLIA 16-10: Tyler Bey goes 1/2 from the foul line
  • MAGNOLIA 15-10: Jio Jalalon finds the wide-open Calvin Abueva for an easy deuce
  • MAGNOLIA 13-10: CJ Perez drills the first two free throws of the game
  • MAGNOLIA 13-8: Paul Lee enters the game and quickly hits from way downtown
  • MAGNOLIA 10-8: Simon Enciso blows by the defense and scores
  • MAGNOLIA 10-6: CJ Perez and Ian Sangalang trade twos
  • MAGNOLIA 8-4: June Mar Fajardo responds with a short stab
  • MAGNOLIA 8-2: Jio Jalalon still on fire as he swishes another jumper
  • MAGNOLIA 6-2: Jio Jalalon with back-to-back buckets
  • 2-2: Rome dela Rosa puts Magnolia on the board with a reverse finish
  • SAN MIGUEL 2-0: June Mar Fajardo starts things off with a mid-range hit
Starting lineups
  • MAGNOLIA: Jio Jalalon, Mark Barroca, Rome dela Rosa, Tyler Bey, Ian Sangalang
  • SAN MIGUEL: Simon Enciso, CJ Perez, Marcio Lassiter, Bennie Boatwright, June Mar Fajardo

End or extend?

San Miguel looks to prevent the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals from going the distance as it shoots for the clincher against Magnolia in Game 6 at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, February 14.

Rediscovering their offensive form in Game 5 to earn a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, the Beermen are a win away from a record-extending 29th championship.

Jericho Cruz will be a marked man after exploding for eight three-pointers and a playoff career-high 30 points in Game 5 as San Miguel returned to its winning ways after dropping the last two games.

The Beermen were limited to under 85 points in Games 3 and 4 but posted their second-highest scoring output in the finals with their 108-98 victory in Game 5.

But the Hotshots have proven they are capable of coming back.

Hearing talks of a potential sweep after being demolished by 24 points in Game 2, Magnolia tuned out the noise and tied the series at 2-2 by putting the shackles on San Miguel, particularly high-scoring import Bennie Boatwright.

Tyler Bey is expected to carry the fight for the Hotshots after he put up 34 points and 8 rebounds in Game 5.

Game time is 7:30 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.