Basketball News San Miguel avoided what could have been the biggest upset in the PBA Philippine Cup by defeating Terrafirma 109-108 in overtime on Thursday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
June Mar Fajardo scored the game-winning basket for San Miguel, demonstrating not only his strength in the paint but also his improved passing abilities, which brought him close to a triple-double.
With 19.6 seconds left in the extra period, Fajardo powered his way into the cup and converted a layup against Joseph Gabayni and Aldrech Ramos. Basketball news
Fajardo would finish a rare perfect clip from the charity stripe by making the bonus free throw off Ramos’ sixth foul.
Javi Gomez De Liano had a chance to win, but he couldn’t convert the game-winning layup at the buzzer despite beating CJ Perez.
Fajardo led the Beermen with 26 points, ten rebounds, and nine assists as they clinched the top seed in the quarterfinal round and a twice-to-beat advantage.
For now 9-1 SMB, Marcio Lassiter had 23 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists, while Perez had 20 points, five rebounds, one assist, four steals, and one block.
Terrafirma, which was winless after nine games, was led by Eric Camson, who had 20 points, two boards, two assists, and one steal. (PNA)
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