Published On: Fri, Jun 21st, 2019

San Miguel rides Cabagnot’s hot hands to thwart Alaska

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San Miguel redeems itself from a heartbreaking overtime loss to Barangay Ginebra for its second win in 5 games

Published 10:00 PM, June 21, 2019

Updated 10:00 PM, June 21, 2019

BACK ON TRACK. Alex Cabagnot and San Miguel return to the winning column. Photo from PBA Images

BACK ON TRACK. Alex Cabagnot and San Miguel return to the winning column. Photo from PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines – Everything clicked for San Miguel as it regained its winning ways in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a 119-107 trouncing of Alaska at the Cuneta Astrodome on Friday, June 21.

Alex Cabagnot waxed hot for 31 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals, while Charles Rhodes dominated inside with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks for the Beermen, who improved to 2-3.

Coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss to Barangay Ginebra barely a week ago, San Miguel made sure it would not suffer the same fate behind a fiery second-quarter pullaway.

The Aces trailed by just 2 points after the maiden period before the Beermen outscored them 36-14 to enter the halftime break sitting on a comfortable 65-41 cushion.

San Miguel saw its advantage swell to as large as 28 points, 71-43, and never had its lead shaved to single digit.

Marcio Lassiter fired 23 points, 7 assists, and 2 steals, Arwind Santos added 15 points, 4 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals, while June Mar Fajardo delivered 14 points and 9 rebounds in the victory.

Chris Banchero paced Alaska – which has now lost back-to-back games for a 4-4 card – with 26 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds, while returning import Chris Daniels put up 23 points and 22 rebounds.

Simon Enciso and Jeron Teng added 18 and 11 points, respectively, in the losing effort.

The Scores

San Miguel 119 – Cabagnot 31, Rhodes 23, Lassiter 23, Santos 15, Fajardo 14, Standhardinger 6, Nabong 3, Rosser 2, Zamar 2, Pessumal 0, Ross 0, Tubid 0.

Alaska 107 – Banchero 26, Daniels 23, Enciso 18, Teng 11, Ayaay 8, Pascual 6, Manuel 6, Casio 5, Thoss 4, Exciminiano 0, Racal 0, Cruz 0.

Quarters: 29-27, 65-41, 85-67, 119-107

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