SMB on the verge of sweeping Alaska

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.