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San Miguel shorts Meralco surge to earn win No. 2

Defending champion San Miguel Beer thwarted a furious fight-back by Meralco to escape with a 103-97 victory at Ynares Center in Antipolo City on Wednesday night and nab a share of the lead in the early goings of the PBA Philippine Cup.

Alex Cabagnot fired 29 points to go with 6 rebounds and 4 assists, while June Mar Fajardo added 26 points and 9 boards for the Beermen’s second straight win.

From left: SMB's Chris Ross, June Mar Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net
After trailing the Beermen at the half 59-41 and by as many as 22 points, the Bolts went hot in the third quarter, closing the gap to 72-71 on Reynel Hugnata's 3-pointer.

But Cabagnot, Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter managed to keep San Miguel afloat to maintain an 81-73 gap going to the final period.

"They think they were playing well in the first half, they thought they will have an easy ride going to the last minute of the fourth quarter," San Miguel coach Leo Austria said, describing his team's performance.

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