Cubao Philippines — With the injuries to Jericho Cruz and Raymond Almazan, the San Miguel Beermen began to take advantage from the first minute of the game and lead as much as 22 points to crush Rain or Shine and equalized the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup Semi-Finals at 2-2.
Jun Mar Fajardo scored his typical MVP numbers at 33 points, 16 rebounds and 6 blocks but in this game he had help from four other teammates that scoring double figures in Marcio Lassiter (20), Arwind Santos (19), Chris Ross (13) and Alex Cabagnot (12).
The San Miguel Beermen set up an early 10 point lead halfway in the first quarter and as the game progresses, Rain or Shine kept sinking and had to deal with a huge 22-point lead coming in the final quarter. San Miguel never looked back and finished the game 105-92.
Rain or Shine, who had been short-handed in their rotation, had an unlikely source of production from their rookies: Maverick Ahanmisi with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists while Don Trollano contributed 15 points as well to go with 5 rebounds.
A lot were in the shoulders of Paul Lee but the former Philippine team player was plagued fouls and reached the limit as early as the third quarter. Lee finished with 10 points and 3 rebounds.
“We are able to solve our first quarter. Usually (we have a) bad start and we were able to control the tempo of the game,” said San Miguel head coach, Leo Austria.
Austria, said to the media after their loss in Game 3 that he scolded his players and was happy to see that it has a result on the team.
“I have to do that and I’m happy they responded. They have a different approach to this game. Maybe because we are in a brink of elimination because seldom a team comes back from 1-3.”
San Miguel (105) – Fajardo 33, Lassiter 20, Santos 19, Ross 13, Cabagnot 12, Tubid 5, Espinas 3, Arana 0, Lutz 0, Omolon 0.
Rain or Shine (92) – Ahanmisi 15, Trollano 15, Ponferada 13, Quinahan 12, Lee 10, Tiu 8, Chan 7, Norwood 6, Belga 4, Ibanes 2.
Quarter scores: 28-25, 53-46, 90-68, 105-92.