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'Hurting' SMB points to 'great year' after Grand Slam bid crashes

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Beer's dreams of winning the second Grand Slam in franchise history ended with a whimper on Wednesday, as they succumbed to sister team Ginebra, 104-84, in the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors' Cup.

Without a doubt, it was a disappointing end to what had been a superb season for the powerhouse team. They had won a third consecutive All-Filipino Cup, then found the perfect fit in import Charles Rhodes en route to the Commissioner's Cup title.

The San Miguel Beermen's chase for a Grand Slam ended on Wednesday. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports
Yet their Governors' Cup campaign was a roller-coaster, as they could not find the right reinforcement for the squad. Injuries to star center June Mar Fajardo also hampered their cause. In the final day of the elimination round, the Beermen squandered a huge lead against Meralco and fell all the way to the No. 6 seed, putting them in a match-up with the twice-to-beat Gin Kings.

They simply had no answer for Ginebra on Wednesday, with the Gin Kings determined not only to stop SMB's Grand Slam campaign, but also to keep on defending their Governors' Cup crown. With Justin Brownlee running rampant, the Gin Kings won in a rout.

"We just couldn't get over the hump," said SMB point guard Chris Ross. "We got to within eight, but we couldn't get over the hump. Credit to them, they played well. Coach Tim (Cone), I'm sure he watched a lot of our game from the last game, and he devised a game plan to attack the way we played them."

Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/09/28/17/hurting-smb-points-to-great-year-after-grand-slam-bid-crashes

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