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June Mar Fajardo and SMB clinch Finals Berth

26 Dec

Fajardo stands tall once again as SMB sweeps TNT

The San Miguel Beermen led by Cebuano behemoth June Mar Fajardo clinched the first spot of the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Finals after completing a series sweep against the hard fighting but outsized Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters.  The Beermen had a dominating 100-87 victory in Game 4.  They will await the winner between the Alaska Aces and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in their own best of 7 series.  The Aces and Painters are knotted at 2-2.

June Mar Fajardo dominated Game 4 as he finished with 28 points, 16 rebounds, and 5 assists. Reacquired Alex Cabagnot continued his amazing conference by finishing 16 points buoyed by a 2 out of 3 performance beyond the 3 point arc. Arwind Santos finished with another double-double with 13 markers and 10 caroms. Chris Lutz and Ronald Tubid combined for 26 points.

The game was a nip and tuck affair in the first canto but the Beermen pulled away on the second period to take an 11-point lead at half-time, 49-38. The third period was no different as the tournament top seed continue to pour it on and they increased their lead to 16 going to the final period, 73-57.

Veterans Jimmy Alapag and Danny Seigle tried to rally the Texters as they orchestrated several rallies to trim down the lead to single digits.  San Miguel though, was also determined to finish them off as current MVP June Mar Fajardo scored 11 points in the final 6 minutes of the period to seal San Miguel’s 35th PBA Finals appearance.

Alapag finished with 17 points while Seigle had 12 points.

 

The scores:
San Miguel (100) – Fajardo 28, Cabagnot 16, Lutz 15, Santos 13, Tubid 11, Lassiter 7, Ross 6, Maierhofer 2, Omolon 2.

Talk ‘N Text (87) – Alapag 17, Seigle 12, Fonacier 12, De Ocampo 11, Ganuelas-Rosser 11, Castro 6, Ry. Reyes 5, Williams 5, Alas 4, Washington 4, Aban 0, Carey 0.

Quarterscores: 24-20, 49-38, 73-57, 100-87.

 

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