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SMB back with a vengeance as Cabagnot leads Game 2 rout of Ginebra

SMB back with a vengeance as Cabagnot leads Game 2 rout of Ginebra

ALEX Cabagnot scored a career-high 33 points as San Miguel got back at Barangay Ginebra with a 134-109 victory on Sunday to even the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals at one-game apiece.

Cabagnot scored 22 points right in the first half as the Beermen atoned for their lopsided Game One defeat with a runaway win of their own. He also had nine assists in a near double-double performance.

Tension rose late in the fourth period when Arwind Santos was ejected for a flagrant foul penalty 2 following a hit on Scottie Thompson, and Chris Ross soon followed him to the showers after being slapped with two technical fouls 15 seconds later.

San Miguel led by as many as 31 points after a jumper by June Mar Fajardo in the second quarter that saw the Beermen score 41 points in the period – and 75 by the first half- before a crowd of over 15,000 fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the biggest to watch a game this conference.

It was the Beermen’s turn to shoot the lights out in the series, converting 61 percent from the field in the first half.

June Mar Fajardo had 25 points and eight rebounds, while rookie Christian Standhardinger added 20 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

Marcio Lassiter and Renaldo Balkman also had 20 points each with Balkman posting a double-double after grabbing 11 rebounds despite being saddled with foul trouble.

After a 42-point effort in Game One, Brownlee finished with 29 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals before fouling out late in the fourth. Joe Devance and Scottie Thompson had 16 points each.

The scores:

San Miguel 134 – Cabagnot 33, Fajardo 25, Lassiter 20, Balkman 20, Standhardinger 20, Santos 14, Mamaril 2, Pessumal 0, Ross 0, Vigil 0, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Lanete 0.

Barangay Ginebra 109 – Brownlee 29, Thompson 16, Devance 16, Slaughter 15, Tenorio 13, Mercado 11, Chan 4, Manuel 2, R. Aguilar 2, J. Aguilar 1, Ferrer 0, Cruz 0, Caguioa 0.

Quarters: 34-23; 75-46; 99-79; 134-109.