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HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Magnolia – PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Game 1

Delfin Dioquino, Martin Mendoza

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HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Magnolia – PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Game 1

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Game 1 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals turns out to be a war, with San Miguel needing to fight off a furious Magnolia comeback

San Miguel Beer held off Magnolia’s late fightback for a 103-95 victory in Game 1 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals on Friday, February 2, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

CJ Perez dropped 19 points and 3 steals as the Beermen picked up their 10th straight triumph.

San Miguel import Bennie Boatwright again delivered a stellar outing, finishing with 28 points, 16 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

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Fourth quarter
  • FINAL: San Miguel survives Magnolia’s furious fourth-quarter comeback attempt for a 103-95 Game 1 win
  • SAN MIGUEL 103-95: Jeron Teng puts the nail in the coffin with a free throw
  • SAN MIGUEL 102-95: CJ Perez and June Mar Fajardo both go 1/2 from the foul line
  • SAN MIGUEL 100-95: Aris Dionisio splits his free throws
  • SAN MIGUEL 100-94: Joseph Eriobu with a quick undergoal stab after a timeout
  • SAN MIGUEL 100-92: CJ Perez 1/2 from the line
  • SAN MIGUEL 99-92: 7-0 run by Magnolia as Russel Escoto knocks down a free throw
  • SAN MIGUEL 99-91: Jio Jalalon and Ian Sangalang with four straight points
  • SAN MIGUEL 99-87: Ian Sangalang scores inside off the timeout
  • SAN MIGUEL 99-85: CJ Perez with a wide-open layup on the break
  • SAN MIGUEL 97-85: June Mar Fajardo and Bennie Boatwright with three straight free throws
  • SAN MIGUEL 94-85: Joseph Eriobu completes the bonus
  • SAN MIGUEL 94-84: Joseph Eriobu cleans his own miss, plus the foul
  • SAN MIGUEL 94-82: Joseph Eriobu with a tough reverse finish
  • SAN MIGUEL 94-80: Russel Escoto with a bank shot
  • SAN MIGUEL 94-78: Back-to-back hits by Jio Jalalon
  • SAN MIGUEL 94-76: Bennie Boatwright with an easy two-handed jam on the break, Jio Jalalon answers with a layup
  • SAN MIGUEL 92-74: June Mar Fajardo forces his way inside and scores
  • SAN MIGUEL 90-74: Bennie Boatwright cleans up Don Trollano’s miss
  • SAN MIGUEL 88-74: Abu Tratter sinks a floater
  • SAN MIGUEL 88-72: Bennie Boatwright goes 1/2 from the line, Jeron Teng with a tough basket
Third quarter
  • END OF 3Q: San Miguel keeps a double-digit lead over Magnolia, 85-72
  • SAN MIGUEL 85-72: Jeron Teng gets on the board with a free throw
  • SAN MIGUEL 84-72: Tyler Bey adds two more from the stripe
  • SAN MIGUEL 84-70: Calvin Abueva splits his foul shots
  • SAN MIGUEL 84-69: Jericho Cruz with a crafty Euro step move
  • SAN MIGUEL 82-69: Calvin Abueva completes a three-point play
  • SAN MIGUEL 82-66: Tyler Bey with a triple off the timeout
  • SAN MIGUEL 82-63: Jericho Cruz connects from long distance
  • SAN MIGUEL 79-63: Don Trollano answers with his own pair of free throws
  • SAN MIGUEL 77-63: Mark Barroca perfect from the line
  • SAN MIGUEL 77-61: Chris Ross with a steal and the finish
  • SAN MIGUEL 75-61: Mark Barroca banks in a runner
  • SAN MIGUEL 75-59: Jio Jalalon converts down low
  • SAN MIGUEL 75-57: Bennie Boatwright with a two-handed slam in transition
  • SAN MIGUEL 73-57: Marcio Lassiter 2/2 from the line
  • SAN MIGUEL 71-57: James Laput scores off an assist by Paul Lee
  • SAN MIGUEL 71-55: Aris Dionisio keeps it going with another jumper, Bennie Boatwright counters with a layup
  • SAN MIGUEL 69-53: CJ Perez and Tyler Bey trade baskets
  • SAN MIGUEL 67-51: Aris Dionisio hits a three, June Mar Fajardo answers inside the paint
  • SAN MIGUEL 65-48: CJ Perez with an easy finish on the break
  • SAN MIGUEL 63-48: Tyler Bey spins and scores over Bennie Boatwright
  • SAN MIGUEL 63-46: Aris Dionisio with two free throws
  • SAN MIGUEL 63-44: June Mar Fajardo banks in a short stab
First-half performers
  • Bennie Boatwright (SAN MIGUEL) – 17 points, 7 rebounds
  • Marcio Lassiter (SAN MIGUEL) – 14 points, 4/4 3FG
  • CJ Perez (SAN MIGUEL) – 11 points
  • Tyler Bey (MAGNOLIA) – 17 points, 7 rebounds
  • Mark Barroca (MAGNOLIA) – 12 points
Second quarter
  • HALFTIME: San Miguel catches fire from beyond the arc for a 61-44 cushion over Magnolia
  • SAN MIGUEL 61-44: Mark Barroca stops Magnolia’s bleeding with two freebies
  • SAN MIGUEL 61-42: Marcio Lassiter sinks his fourth triple of the game
  • SAN MIGUEL 58-42: Bennie Boatwright walks into a three-pointer
  • SAN MIGUEL 55-42: Marcio Lassiter for three
  • SAN MIGUEL 52-42: CJ Perez and Mark Barroca exchange twos
  • SAN MIGUEL 50-40: Tyler Bey with a much-needed three-point play
  • SAN MIGUEL 50-37: CJ Perez 2/2 from the line
  • SAN MIGUEL 48-37: Bennie Boatwright sinks a technical free throw
  • SAN MIGUEL 47-37: Marcio Lassiter swishes a step-back jumper
  • SAN MIGUEL 45-37: Bennie Boatwright and Tyler Bey trade buckets
  • SAN MIGUEL 42-35: Bennie Boatwright hits two free throws
  • SAN MIGUEL 40-35: June Mar Fajardo with a putback finish
  • SAN MIGUEL 38-35: Paul Lee completes an and-one play
  • SAN MIGUEL 38-32: Don Trollano 2/2 from the line
  • SAN MIGUEL 36-32: Terrence Romeo slices the defense and scores
  • SAN MIGUEL 34-32: Paul Lee steps back for his own three-pointer
  • SAN MIGUEL 34-29: Don Trollano nails the wide-open three
  • SAN MIGUEL 31-29: June Mar Fajardo splits his charities
  • SAN MIGUEL 30-29: Abu Tratter rattles in a technical free throw
  • SAN MIGUEL 30-28: Tyler Bey with a tough hook shot, but Terrence Romeo quickly answers with a triple
  • SAN MIGUEL 27-26: Jericho Cruz steals and scores
  • MAGNOLIA 26-25: Bennie Boatwright adds two more from the stripe
  • MAGNOLIA 26-23: Bennie Boatwright drills two free throws
  • MAGNOLIA 26-21: Jericho Cruz splits his foul shots
  • MAGNOLIA 26-20: Jio Jalalon feeds Calvin Abueva for a fastbreak finish
First quarter
  • END OF 1Q: Magnolia gets a good start against San Miguel, 24-20
  • MAGNOLIA 24-20: Don Trollano fires and hits from deep
  • MAGNOLIA 24-17: Mark Barroca nails two freebies
  • MAGNOLIA 22-17: Tyler Bey soars high for a two-handed jam
  • MAGNOLIA 20-17: Bennie Boatwright with an easy deuce
  • MAGNOLIA 20-15: Ian Sangalang banks it in
  • MAGNOLIA 18-15: Tyler Bey goes 2/2 from the line
  • MAGNOLIA 16-15: CJ Perez splits his free throws
  • MAGNOLIA 16-14: Mark Barroca pulls up for a short stab
  • 14-14: Marcio Lassiter swishes his second long bomb
  • MAGNOLIA 14-11: Back-to-back jumpers by Mark Barroca
  • MAGNOLIA 12-11: Mark Barroca hits a mid-range jumper
  • SAN MIGUEL 11-10: 6-0 run by Magnolia as Ian Sangalang lays it in
  • SAN MIGUEL 11-8: Tyler Bey slams it home off an assist by Jio Jalalon
  • SAN MIGUEL 11-6: Abu Tratter sinks a floater off the timeout
  • SAN MIGUEL 11-4: CJ Perez now with 6 points as he scores again in transition
  • SAN MIGUEL 9-4: CJ Perez with an acrobatic finish on the break
  • SAN MIGUEL 7-4: Marcio Lassiter cans the wide-open corner trey
  • 4-4: Tyler Bey floats one in
  • SAN MIGUEL 4-2: Bennie Boatwright gets on the board with a layup in transition
  • 2-2: CJ Perez skies for a fastbreak layup
  • MAGNOLIA 2-0: Tyler Bey opens the series with an easy two
Starting lineup
  • MAGNOLIA: Jio Jalalon, Paul Lee, Tyler Bey, Rafi Reavis, James Laput
  • SAN MIGUEL: Chris Ross, CJ Perez, Marcio Lassiter, Bennie Boatwright, June Mar Fajardo

There is a palpable mutual respect between San Miguel and Magnolia.

But it will be all war in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals when the Beermen and the Hotshots open hostilities in the best-of-seven series on Friday, February 2, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“We’re friends, but we’re competitors also. We will battle. We will give the fans a good fight, a good show,” said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero.

The Hotshots’ months-long preparation to return to the top boils down to one last series as they look to turn their gains from a flawless run in the PBA On Tour preseason series into their first title since the 2018 Governors’ Cup.

Including the On Tour, Magnolia has won 24 of its last 27 games going into its first finals appearance in over two years.

“We will work hard for the championship. We started eight months ago when we prepared for our journey to the finals. Everybody wants to improve,” said Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero.

San Miguel, though, has been just as impressive as it enters the championship round having won its last nine games.

That Beermen winning streak includes a surprising semifinal sweep of perennial finalist Barangay Ginebra, with the Gin Kings getting blanked in a best-of-five series for the first time since 2013.

“Magnolia has been the No. 1 team since I think four, five months. It is going to be hard for us to beat them. But we’re kind of positive about it,” said Beermen head coach Jorge Gallent.

“We’re going to try our best to get the championship.”

San Miguel shoots for a record-extending 29th crown, while Magnolia aims to pull level with Ginebra at 15 titles for a tie at second in the all-time list.

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.