Another down the wire finish is expected between sibling rivals San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel as they dispute a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Beermen avoided a dreadful 0-2 hole last Wednesday when they hacked out a thrilling 95-92 victory behind the heroics of import Elijah Millsap and a wounded reigning Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo.
Millsap scored 23 points, including a two-handed slam that sealed the final score while Fajardo finished with 18 points and 23 rebounds despite sustaining a cut in his right eyebrow.
San Miguel coach Leo Austria, whose team bounced back from a 115-108 defeat in Game 1, is bracing for a much-difficult encounter at 7 p.m. with a chance at moving a victory shy of advancing to the finals....
Fajardo took an inadvertent elbow from San Miguel Beer import Elijah Millsap in the second quarter, but not even a gash and a bandage limiting his vision could slow down the most dominant Filipino player today.
“My vision was blurry so I kept wiping it and there’s blood coming out,” said Fajardo in Filipino after leading the Beermen to a 95-92 win over the Gin Kings Wednesday night to level their semifinals series at 1-1....
The series between the two teams is now tied, 1-1.
June Mar Fajardo led the way for San Miguel with a double-double of 18 points and 23 rebounds to go with two blocks....
“It’s not that big of a deal,” Cone said after Ginebra’s 115-108 victory over defending champion San Miguel Beer in Game 1 of their best-of-five PBA Governors’ Cup series last Monday.
Game 2, however, is a big deal for Cone as another win would put Ginebra up 2-0 and pull within a win shy of advancing to its first finals appearance since a runner-up finish in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup....
MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel import Elijah Millsap plans to come out with more fire in Game 2 of their semifinals series against Barangay Ginebra after scoring 29 points in a losing effort in Monday's opener.
Millsap took 30 shots, including 10 three-pointers, and made only 13 field goals while also grabbing 11 boards in the 108-115 loss.
His attempts to take charge down the stretch did not work out too well for SMB, as he bricked a lay-up with 1:44 left while they trailed 102-108, then stepped out of bounds while attempting a three-pointer with 1:16 to go....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||8||3||0.727|
|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|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||15||6||0.714||Runner-up|