June Mar Fajardo delivered another huge double-double game while Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter came through big time in the clutch as the Beermen squeaked past the Kings, 104-102, in overtime for a commanding 2-0 lead in their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinal playoff at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.
Santos forged the extra period on a huge trey with 13.4 ticks to go in regulations then Lassiter took over, coming away with a crucial six-point binge in the last 50 seconds to save the day for the Beermen.
“Isa lang masasabi ko – eto eh tsamba,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria.
“Kung hindi nai-shoot ni Arwind yung three-point shot, 1-1 na ang series. Dahil naging 2-0, malaking morale-booster ito sa amin,” Austria added.
Ginebra got the crowd roaring for the large part of the game, but the Beermen disappointed the Kings and their diehards in the end on their escape act.
Before the game, Cone practically put on an SOS, calling on their fans to come out and support them.
The Kings, including free agent recruit Prince Caperal, themselves answered the call and played with great energy and purpose to take control most of the way.