Romeo Terrence Romeo of San Miguel Beer l99ks to score. PBA photo

Seven wins and counting

April 22, 2024 Robert Andaya 133 views
Jeron Teng of San Miguel Beer powers his way. PBA photo

SEVEN wins and counting for San Miguel Beer.

The Beermen, led by Gilas mainstay CJ Perez’s hot hands, dominated Northport Batang Pier, 120-100, in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Perez was spectacular for the Beermen again as he finished with 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting, nine rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes of action.

Mo Tautuaa added 15 points and seven rebounds, while Marcio Lassiter contributed with 14 points, including 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc, for the Beermen of coach Jorge Gallent.

San Miguel, the only unbeaten team, also got 13 points and seven rebounds from Don Trollano and 12 points and nine boards from seven-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo.

Another San Miguel player — Jeron Teng — chipped in 10 points.

With the win, the Beermen claimed the first berth in the post-elims play

Arvin Tolentino had 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor, nine rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes in a losing effort.for NorthPort.

Zavier Lucero, Joshua Munzon and Allyn Bulanadi contributed 10 points each for the Bonnie Tan-mentored Batang Pier who dropped to 4-5.

The Beermen led the entire game and established their largest lead of 39 points at 114-75.

With NorthPort out of the way, San Miguel coach Jorge Gallent is looking forward to their game against second-running Magnolia Chicken Timplados (5-2) on April 26.

“We’ll treat Magnolia as a threat to us. For sure, they also have the twice-to-beat advantage in mind. But we just have to be prepared and do things that we have to do to beat a team like Magnolia. We’ll be prepared on Friday,” said Gallent in an inteview posted on the PBA website.

“If we share the ball, we are a great team. If we don’t share the ball, we’re a normal team,” added Gallent.

San Miguel connected on 18-of-35 three-point attempts, equating to a 51 percent while Northport managed only 10-of-34, or 29 percent.

The Beermen also had more assists in the game, tallying 31 compared to the Batang Pier’s 20.

Meanwhile, Paul Lee of Magnolia made history by becoming the latest player to hit the 1,000 three-point shot mark.

Lee, now 35, reached the milestone in the fourth quarter of Magnolia’s 108-102 win over Rain or Shine at the Tiaong Convention Center in Quezon last Saturday

It was the only three pointer he made as he finished with a 1-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.

In doing so, the Magnolia guard became the 10th player of the elite 1,000 three-point shot made club, but the fifth fastest to reach the mark in terms of number of games played, according to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.

The scores:

San Miguel (120) — Perez 29, Tautuaa 15, Lassiter 14, Trollano 13, Fajardo 12, Teng 10, Enciso 9, Brondial 8, Ross 6, Romeo 4, Mallilin 0.
Northport (100) — Tolentino 26, Lucero 10, Munzon 10, Bulanadi 10, Cuntapay 9, Zamar 8, Adamos 4, Flores 4, Amores 4, Rosales 3, Taha 3, Paraiso 3, Yu 2, Chan 2, Navarro 2.
Quarterscores: 36-27, 72-47, 105-71, 120-100.

Games Wednesday:

(Ninoy Aquino Stadium)
4:30 p.m. Northport vs. Terrafirma
7:30 p.m. TNT vs. Phoenix