The San Miguel Beermen able to outlast the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in an intense battle that needed one more extra period to decide the victor squad.
After leading the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in ASEAN Basketball League, Justin Brownlee went head-to-head against his buddy Renaldo Balkman in PBA. Brownlee was recalled by the Gin Kings while Balkman was given a second chance to play in the league particularly with the San Miguel after that several-years-ago choking incident.
However, the four-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo stole the spotlight from the most awaited import match-up after he drilled a jumper which sent the game into overtime.
San Miguel made an inbound pass with only 3.6 second remaining in the fourth quarter which go straight to “the Kraken” while the Gin Kings still on top with two points.
Without hesitation, Fajardo made a turn-around jumper over his giant rival Greg Slaughter. Initially, the ball hits the back iron and bounced high then decided to go down the bottom of the net. The score was tied at 93-all.
In the next position, with 1.1 second left in the final quarter, Ginebra’s forward Joe Devance was tasked to inbound the ball. With an air tight SMB defense, his pass went directly to Renaldo Balkman which is supposed to be for Japeth Aguilar. The buzzer has sounded and the game entered to Overtime.
In the extra period, San Miguel’s Arwind Santos able to convert two three-pointers which totally shifted the momentum to their end. Ginebra was only able to score four points in OT against SMB’s 11.
June Mar Fajardo was in his MVP form as he logged 24 points and 19 rebounds while Arwind Santos added 19 points.
With that loss, Ginebra was pushed down in the standings with 2-4 slate and looking at their three-game losing skid.
San Miguel vs Ginebra Box Score
Quarters: 23-20 | 47-43 | 71-73 | 93-93 | 104-97
Beermen (104): Balkman 27, Fajardo 24, Santos 19, Lassiter 11, Ross 10, Cabagnot 9, Mamaril 4, Rosser 0
Gin Kings (97): Brownlee 18, Aguilar 17, Devance 15, Thompson 13, Cruz 10, Slaughter 9, Mercado 8, Tenorio 7