Ildefonso Shaun Ildefonso of Rain or Shine finds himself triple-teamed by San Miguel defenders in this bit of action in the PBA Governors’ Cup. PBA photo

It’s San Miguel

March 18, 2023 Robert Andaya 336 views

SAN Miguel Beer served notice of its readiness for the quarterfinals with a 129-116 win over Rain or Shine in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City,

The Beermen did it despite the absence of six-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.

Vic Manuel and Mo Tautuaa stepped up for the Beermen as they finished with a conference-high 23 points apiece

Manuel, who scored 15 points in the first half, had four straight points in a 13-2 run at the start of the fourth period to power the Beermen to a 113-93 — the biggest lead of the game — after the Elasto Painters cut the deficit to only nine, 91-100, after three quarters.

Tautuaa contributed six points during that decisive scoring run.

Overall, San Miguel finished with a 9-2 win-loss record.

The Beermen will also enter the quarterfinals on a winning note, taking two straight victories to close the eliminations.

But they will be without the 32-year-old Fajardo, who is sidelined by an MCL injury he suffered during San Miguel’s campaign in the East Asia Super League (EASL) Champions Week in Japan.

Fajardo, who is expected to be out for six to eight weeks, is certain to miss the playoffs.

Rain or Shine, which played without an import again, ended the season with a 2-9 win-loss record following a five-game skid.

Later, TNT Tropang Giga rallied from double-digit deficit to bring down Barangay Ginebra, 114-105, to claim the top spot at the end of the elimination round with a 10-1 record.

Import Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Mikee Williams and RR Pogoy led the Tropang Gigas’ closing 30-7 salvo to turn the game around.

Ginebra dropped to No. 3 at 8-3.

The scores:

First game

San Miguel (129)– Manuel 23, Tautuaa 23, Lassiter 20, Clark 20, Perez 20, Cruz 12, Bulanadi 5, Herndon 3, Enciso 2, Faundo 1, Brodnial 0, Canete 0, Ross 0.
Rain or Shine (116) — Mamuyac 23, Borboran 15, Belga 12, Torres 12, Demusis 12, Namabatac 9, Asistio 7, Nieto 7, Ildefonso 7, Nieto 7, Santillan 6, Yap 4, Caracut 2, Clarito 0, Ponferrada 0.
Quarterscores: 36-23, 62-56, 100-91, 129-116.

Second game

TNT (114) – Hollis-Jefferson 34, M. Williams 25, Pogoy 22, Oftana 12, Castro 12, K. Williams 5, Chua 2, Ganuelas-Rosser 2, Montalbo 0, Varilla 0, Khobuntin 0.
Ginebra (105) – Brownlee 27, Standhardinger 19, Thompson 19, Malonzo 15, Pringle 10, Gray 5, Pessumal 3, David 3, Onwubere 2, Dillinger 2, Pinto 0, Mariano 0.
Quarterscores: 23-27, 47-56, 82-93, 114-105.