Tautuaa Mo Tautuaa of San Miguel Beer makes a shot. PBA photo

Easy does it for SMB

February 2, 2023 Robert Andaya 118 views

EASY does it for San Miguel Beer.

San Miguel played just hard enough to roll back Blackwater, 105-86, for its second straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Jericho Cruz led San Miguel’s assault, finishing with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting in 27 minutes of action for new coach Jorge Gallent.

Import Cameron Clark added 20 points and nine rebounds in 36 minutes and six-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo had a double-double performance with 17 markers and 16 boards.

CJ Perez and Marcio Lassiter contributed 24 and 13 points, respectively, for San Miguel, which debuted with a 114-93 victory over Phoenix Super LPG last Sunday..

“In our motto we’re just bringing in our defensive side to go with our offense,” said Gallent, referring to the Beermen holding the Bossing way below their tournament average of 105 points.

“They’re defending well so that’s why I think our offense is going up also, it’s because of their defense,” added Gallent.

A big factor for SanMiguel was Cruz, who was limited to only two points in the Beermen’s victory pver Phoenix.

Only three players, led by import Shawn Glover, finished in double figures for the Bossing, who dropped to 1-2.

Glover managed a double-double with 16 points on 7-of-19 shooting.and 12 rebounds.

Joshua Torralba added 11 and RK Ilagan had 10 for the Ariel Vanguardia- coached Bossing.

Notably out of the scoring parade were Ato Ular, Jayvee Casio and Baser Amer, who managed a combined 16 points.

Later, NLEX rallied from a 13-point deficit to bring down erstwhileunbeaten TNT, 110-108, for its third straight win.

NBA veteran Jonathan Simmons led the way with a game-high 45 ooibts and 22 rebounds to power the Road Warriors to a share of the lead with Converge FiberX.

Sean Anthony, Kevin Alas and Tony Semerad combined for 38 points for NLEX.

Jalen Hudson paced TNT with 39 markers.

The scores: 

First game

San Miguel (105) – Cruz 22, Clark 20, Fajardo 17, Perez 14, Lassiter 13, Enciso 9, Tautuaa 7, Ross 3, Bulanadi 0, Brondial 0.
Blackwater (86) – Glover 16, Torralba 11, Ilagan 10, Hill 8, Taha 8, Banal 8, Ular 6, Casio 6, Ayonayon 5, Amer 4, Suerte 2, Escoto 2, Digregorio 0.
Quarterscores: 33-24, 63-35, 83-68, 105-86.

Second game

NLEX (110) – Simmons 45, Anthony 15, Alas 13, Semerad 10, Trollano 9, Rosales 8, Nieto 7, Ganuelas-Rosser 3, Pascual 0, Gabo 0
TNT (108) – Hudson 39, Pogoy 21, Khobuntin 10, Castro 10, Montalbo 6, Tungcab 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 4, Chua 3, K.Williams 2, M.Williams 2, Varilla 2, Marcelo 0.
Quarterecores: 28-31, 49-56, 78-91, 110-108.