PBA: San Miguel completes comeback from 0-3 to force Game 7, guts Alaska in gritty fourth quarter

PBA: San Miguel completes comeback from 0-3 to force Game 7, guts Alaska in gritty fourth quarter

The series becomes the 25th PBA Finals to have gone to a Game 7, and the San Miguel Beermen become the first team ever to have gone down 0-3 to force a deciding game.

CUBAO, PHILIPPINES – Left for dead after losing their first three games, the San Miguel Beermen tied their series against the Alaska Aces via a 100-89 rout in Game 6 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

San Miguel put up a fourth quarter explosion when the Beermen churned out a 17-2 run led by a 13 point explosion from Marcio Lassiter in the final 12 minutes to blow the game wide open and force the rubber match.

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San Miguel guard Marcio Lassiter
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Lassiter led San Miguel with 26 points, knocking down three of his four triples in the final frame to seal the deal for the defending Philippine Cup champions. June Mar Fajardo –playing off the bench for the second straight game – added 16, while Yancy de Ocampo wound up with 14 points and six rebounds.

Vic Manuel muscled his way to 21 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes off the bench, while Calvin Abueva had 17 points before getting ejected late in the fourth quarter for his second technical foul of the ballgame.

The series goes back to square one, with the winner of Game 7 on Wednesday, February 3, at 7:00 p.m. (GMT+8) becoming the first PBA champion crowned at the Mall of Asia Arena floor in Pasay City.

“We achieved nothing yet, we just tied the series,” said San Miguel Head Coach Leo Austria. “But this is a big game for us. Since Game 4, they have this huge sense of urgency to win. Then, the heart of the champion is what prevailed. They know how to win, they know how to lose. I’m proud because they know how to play smarter.”

San Miguel Beermen (Ernest Hernandez / SportsRageous)
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SAN MIGUEL 100 – Lassiter 26, Fajardo 16, De Ocampo 14, Cabagnot 10, Santos 10, Ross 8, Tubid 7, Espinas 4, Heruela 2, Lutz 2, Arana 1.

ALASKA 89 – Manuel 21, Abueva 17, Jazul 13, Casio 11, Thoss 8, Baclao 6, Banchero 6, Menk 3, Baguio 2, Exciminiano 2, Dela Cruz 0, Hontiveros 0.

Quarters: 22-29, 51-49, 67-66, 100-89