MANILA, Philippines – Not even a fractured nose can stop San Miguel guard Alex Cabagnot, who was named the PBA Player of the Week for the period of December 28 to January 8 after helping the Beermen rack up three impressive victories.
Cabagnot sustained a depressed nasal fracture in their game against Meralco last December 28 and was advised by doctors to undergo surgery.
Nevertheless, he got the green light to play by agreeing to wear a protective face mask during games, and the 34-year-old has not missed a beat.
The lefty guard averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists as the Beermen won two games in the span of three days. In the process, he becomes the first player to claim the weekly honor for 2017....
MANILA, Philippines – They very nearly squandered a 10-point fourth-quarter lead, but when push came to shove, the San Miguel Beermen were able to draw from a deep well of experience and make a huge defensive stop against Barangay Ginebra.
Clinging to a 72-70 lead with 11 seconds to go, Arwind Santos contested LA Tenorio's floater that could have tied the game, and June Mar Fajardo was able to tip the loose ball to Ronald Tubid.
Tubid then proceeded to throw the ball to Santos, who evaded Ginebra's attempts to foul him and ran out the clock instead....
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....
The former Most Valuable Player, who finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds, had two crucial offensive boards in the late minutes that denied Ginebra more chances to complete its comeback from 10 points down.
To cap off his impressive night, Santos stood his ground in the last play and altered LA Tenorio’s game-tying shot....
Fajardo was held to a conference-low nine points by the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings. He did have 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocked shots, but the 6-foot-10 center played less than 30 minutes and attempted only six shots, making two of them.
The "Kraken," however, was unconcerned. After all, the Beermen still came out on top, gutting out a 72-70 victory that extended their winning streak to six games....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||8||1||0.889|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||11||6||0.647||4th|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||10||7||0.588||3rd|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||17||7||0.708||Champions|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||16||5||0.762||Champions|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||4||7||0.364||9th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||17||5||0.773||Champion|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||5||5||0.500||5th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||4||0.636||5th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||4th|