It's San Miguel

October 20, 2018
Marqus Blakely and Kevin Murphy
Marqus Blakely battles Kevin Murphy, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos.

CALASIAO, Pangasinan -- San Miguel Beer won back-to-back games for the first time in PBA Governor’s Cup.

Former Utah Jazz Kevin Murphy hopes  it will be the start of something good, something special for  the Beermen. Murphy stood tallest as he finished with a  near triple-double of 27 points, 10  rebounds and nine assists  to lead San Miguel to a come-from-behind 107-96 win over Talk N Text in a Petron Blaze Saturday Special at the Calasiao Sports Complex here Saturday.

Christian Standhardinger added 21 points and 13 rebounds, Arwind Santos contributed 18 points  and five  rebounds,  Marcio Lassiter had 13 points and six rebounds, Kelly Nabong had 12 points and Chris Ross had  10 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Beermen, who  rallied  from 75-86 deficit early in the  fourth quarter.

Former PBA Best Import Marqus Blakely led the Tropang Texters with 26 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists despite struggling with foul trouble.

Roger Pogoy had 21, Terrence Romeo had 18 and Kelly Williams had 11.

The loss pushed Talk N Text to 4-6, the same record of NLEX.

The season-ending tournament returns to Araneta Coliseum today with Alaska Milk and Blackwater, holding identical 6-2 win-loss cards,  square off in the 6:45 p.m. main game.

The Aces and the Elite are coming off ego-deflating losses the last time around.

The Aces lost to Barangay Ginebra, 101-109, last Sept. 2, while the Elite succumbed  to Magnolia, 99-133, last Sept. 10.

But despite the setbacks, the Aces and the Elite are sitting pretty in the upper half of the standing, a full game  behind Magnolia, 7-2,  and  Ginebra , 7-2.

“We know Blackwater has done a heck of a job this  conference,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.

“They  (Elite) are really playing very  well as a team and have beaten  great  teams  in  our league,” added Compton, referring   to Talk ‘N Text, San Miguel Beer, Ginebra, Meralco, NorthPort  and Rain or Shine.

If  the Aces  win, they will keep  their  hold of the third place, but if the Blackwater wins, the Elite will climb to solo second because they  have  beaten  the Gin Kings as well, 124-118, last  Sept 2 in game where Henry Walker engaged  Ginebra  counterpart  Justin  Brownlee in a shootout.

Walker finished with 39 points while Brownlee had 41.

Earlier, Meralco guns for its third straight  whenit meets Rain or Shine at 4:30 p.m.

The scores:

San Miguel  (107)--  Murphy 27, Standhardinger 21, Santos 18,  Lassiter 13, Ross 10, Cabagnot 6, De  Ocampo 0, Heruela 0.

TNT  (96) -- Blakely 26, Pogoy 21, Romeo 18, Williams 11, Cruz 7, Trollano 6, Carey 4, Rosario 2, Garcia 1, Reyes 0, Paredes 0.

Quarterscores: 27-25, 50-54, 75-80, 107-96.