SAN Miguel put the heartbreaking loss behind from its last outing a vented its ire on Alaska with a 109-96 victory in the lone PBA Philippine Cup game at the Batangas City Coliseum last night.
The Beermen remained on top of the provisional standings with a 7-2 win-loss record and avenged their 96-106 loss to Blackwater in their last game.
The Aces, on the other hand, suffered their second straight loss in the season-opening conference and fell to a 6-4 card.
Chris Ross shone for San Miguel in offense, finishing with a game-high 24 points and nine assists.
Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos also contributed big on offense with 21 points each, while June Mar Fajardo registered another double-double with 17 points and 18 rebounds.
San Miguel clawed its way back in the game as Alaska had a 50-41 advantage at the break.
The Aces managed to put up an eight-point advantage, 71-63, in the 2:53 mark of the third period before the Beermen were able to take back the lead with 10 seconds remaining in the third and still led, 74-71 going into the payoff period.
San Miguel extended its lead to 11, 96-85 in the last 2:39 of the game courtesy of Lassiter’s jumper and never looked back from there.
Meanwhile, the stake is always high every time Meralco and Barangay Ginebra collide at the Philippine Arena.
The Bolts and the Gin Kings had their last three games of their 2017 Governors’ Cup best-of-7 finals showdown staged at the huge arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
The Gin Kings beat the Bolts in Game 5 and finished off the Bolts in Game 7 after a Game 6 debacle, in a historic win that was well worth the time, effort and money spent by 106,251 fans -- the combined number of fans that watched the three finals games -- in the Arena.
The Gin Kings became the first PBA club to be crowned there.
For the Gin Kings, the Philippine Arena is a monumental witness to their return to greatness, and a huge reminder of debacle on the part of the Bolts who lost to the Kings in the finals for second straight season.
The Arena’s appeal -- and reminder to both teams -- can only make the two teams as motivated as they can be when they meet once again in the 55,000-seat complex today.
It will be the second time this conference that the Philippine Arena will host a PBA doubleheader after NLEX beat GlobalPort and Ginebra downed Magnolia on Christmas Day.
For the Kings, it will be their seventh game in Bocaue, losing just once here which happened to be the Game 6 of the last Governors’ Cup last October.
NLEX and Blackwater meet in the first game at 4:30 p.m. in an equally-interesting tussle as both teams are looking to enhance their quarterfinal bids.
NLEX is in the middle of the pack with Ginebra with similar 5-4 records, while Blackwater forged a tie for eighth with Phoenix after its 95-76 victory over Kia Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
NLEX is gunning for its third straight win that will keep it on safer ground.
The Elite, who also posted back-to-back victories, are in danger of missing the playoffs if they lose either one of their remaining two matches. Their last assignment is against Phoenix on Feb. 21.
San Miguel (109) -- Ross 24, Lassiter 21, Santos 21, Fajardo 17, Rosser 11, De Ocampo 6, Lanete 4, Heruela 3, Vigil 2, Pessumal 0.
Alaska (96) -- Casio 20, Thoss 15, Racal 13, Manuel 13, Pascual 9, Enciso 9, Abueva 7, Cruz 6, Exciminiano 4, Baclao 0, Potts 0.
Quarterscores: 16-26, 41-50, 71-74, 109-96.