Wednesday, May 15, 2019

5th All Filipino Champions History Made by the Beermen

June Mar Fajardo won Most Valuable Player honors in the PBA Philippine Cup finals on Wednesday night, after leading San Miguel Beer to a fifth straight title.

Fajardo set a new PBA record for locals with 31 rebounds in San Miguel's 72-71 victory over Magnolia, breaking the mark by a local set by Jinkee Simbulan in 1975. It also tied the tally of Filipino-American forward Jeff Moore with amateur guest team Northern Consolidated in 1985.

San Miguel, which rallied from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter, from needed each monster rebound from the five-time season MVP to outlast the Hotshots down the stretch.

Magnolia still led, 71-70, on a basket by Ian Sangalang with two minutes remaining in the game. After an exchange of fruitless attempts by both teams, Cabagnot scored on a tough fadeaway over Paul Lee to put San Miguel up, 72-71, with 57 seconds remaining.

Jio Jalalon missed on the potential go-ahead basket, giving Fajardo, his 30th rebound with less than 20 seconds remaining. San Miguel, however, turned the ball over on its inbound, giving the Hotshots another chance.

The Beermen foiled another attempt by Jalalon inside, allowing Fajardo to grab his 31st rebound with 4.8 seconds left.

The Cebuano big man missed both free throws, but Lee was unable to get a good attempt from the backcourt as the final buzzer sounded.

"Salamat sa mga players ko, you made me look like a great coach," said Austria.

After allowing the Beermen to score the game's first seven points, the Hotshots cranked up, storming ahead, 24-20, at the end of the opening quarter before stepping it up even more in the second period to take the half at 38-25.

Mind-boggling was the second quarter where the Hotshots opened with double-digit spreads in pouncing on the Beermen's score of turnovers.

The Beermen turned the ball over 11 times and put in just five points, tying a PBA finals record belonging to Alaska Milk.

But there's no stopping the Beermen from stretching their reign in the end.

The scores: 

San Miguel 72 - Cabagnot 18, Santos 17, Fajardo 17, Ross 7, Lassiter 5, Romeo 4, Standhardinger 4, Rosser 0, Pessumal 0.

Magnolia 71 - Sangalang 18, Reavis 11, Lee 11, Jalalon 8, Barroca 7, Ramos 6, Melton 5, Dela Rosa 3, Brondial 2, Herndon 0.

Quarters: 20-24, 25-38, 50-58, 72-71.

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