There’s simply no stopping the Beermen this time after they yielded Game One, 103-105, on an endgame meltdown.
With their offense spread out to a more number of players, the Beermen proved more lethal, fashioning out a convincing victory to pull even at 1-1 before the league takes a breather in observance of the Lenten season.
The series resumes on Easter Sunday back at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Arwind Santos best typified the determination showed in Game Two, draining a career-best six three-pointers to highlight a 24-point game also marked by eight rebounds, two blocks and one assist.
“Kami may hawak ng korona. Ipinakita lang namin kung ano ang dapat ipakita ng may hawak ng korona na inaagawan nito,” said Santos.
Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot also Chris Ross rose to the occasion with Magnolia literally ganging up on June Mar Fajardo.
Lassiter fired four three-pointers and finished with 16 markers, Cabagnot piled up 15 points, eight assists and five rebounds while Ross turned in 10 dish-offs, five points, four rebounds and two steals.
“We learned our lesson from the last game. Disappointed and frustrated kami the last time, nakanti ang pride,” said SMB coach Leo Austria.
“We’re happy to tie the series. Mahirap kung 0-2 down kami going to the Holy Week break. Instead, it’s 1-1 and we’ll reflect during the break. We’ll try to find the best way to make it two in a row,” Austria also said.