Big men Renaldo Balkman and June Mar Fajardo and the backcourt pair of Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross delivered the goods as they foiled the Aces’ determined bid to force a 1-1 tie in their best-of-five semi-finals.
With a repeat of their 92-79 win Saturday, the Beermen have now three shots at the best-of-seven finals against the winner of the Barangay Ginebra-Rain or Shine semis matchup.
June Mar Fajardo and his teammates take their first shot at the finale at 7 p.m.Wednesday, also at the Big Dome.
“I have to commend their coaching staff. They did a good job for us to exert extra effort to overcome what they’re doing in this game,” said SMB coach Leo Austria.
The Beermen stared at a 16-point deficit at one point in the second period and needed to mount a rally to score what’s actually a sixth straight win in playoff matches versus the Aces.