Cabagnot: Defense won it for SMB over Ginebra

Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ] - January 10, 2017

Aex Cabagnot (right) of SMB. PBA IMAGESKnown for its formidable offense, the two-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer proved that it can also pull off gritty wins through defense.

And that’s exactly how the Beermen did it in turning back Ginebra in a close 72-70 decision on Sunday in front of a loud Big Dome crowd.

Though the Beermen squandered a 10-point lead in the final three minutes, Alex Cabagnot noted that luckily, the team is more than just a high-octane offensive team.

“I think playing defense is always been part of our forte, I want to say. It’s one of the things we do well with three of the best defensive players in Chris Ross, June Mar (Fajardo), and Arwind (Santos) out there,” he said.

“We’re really a defensive team. It just doesn’t get noticed because we make a lot of baskets.”
 
With Ginebra raging back and trimming the lead to just two, 72-70, the Beermen had to clamp down on defense, with Santos hauling down two crucial offensive rebounds in the final minute and the team staging one last defensive stand to preserve the victory.

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