SMB's Arwind Santos chellenges Meralco's defense.Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Beer and its sister team Barangay Ginebra notched contrasting victories over their respective opponents in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Friday night.
The Beermen steamrolled the Meralco Bolts, 94-76, to open their Commissioner's Cup campaign with a win.
San Miguel Beer, formerly known as Petron Blaze, led by as much as 20 points even without their big man Junemar Fajardo, who sat out the game due to a sprained ankle.
Import Josh Boone led San Miguel’s balanced attack with 16 points and got plenty of help from his local team mates, four of whom had double digit outputs.
Arwind Santos had 16 points, while Doug Kramer and Marcio Lassiter 14 and 12, respectively.
“We need this win to build our confidence,” said new SMB coach Biboy Ravanes in the league’s official website. “Ang mga players namin, sinasabihan namin to play their game. There’s a lot of expectations, a lot on their shoulders.”
“Just really happy to get a win. We’re trying to build chemistry and I am proud of the effort put in by our guys,” said San Miguel consultant Todd Purves.
Brian Butch had a double-double effort of 29 points and 21 rebounds for Meralco, but got little backing from his team mates. Only Gary David was the Meralco local who came up with double digits of 20 points.
Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra needed the extra time to hack out a 108-104 win against Barako Bull.
James Dollard inflicted heavy damage against the Gin Kings, scoring 45 points in 47 minutes. The Energy Cola import, however, got ejected during crunch time after picking up his 6th foul.
Ginebra took advantage of Dollard’s absence, with Japeth Aguilar leading the way.
Leon Rodgers had 31 points for the Gin Kings, who got 17 points from Chris Ellis and 14 more from Aguilar.