(UPDATED) CJ Perez delivered San Miguel its first victory as the Beermen blew away NLEX, 110-93, in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City Friday.
Perez, who was acquired by SMB in a trade with Terrafirma, scored 21 points, 15 of them coming in the first half.
He stepped up in the absence of injured guard Terrence Romeo who was hurt in the Beermen's 87-93 loss to Meralco.
Six-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo also delivered a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double for San Miguel.
Alex Cabagnot added 17 points, while Mo Tautuaa tallied 16 points.
"I'm so thankful to the players, they really played tonight. From start to finish, they played good defense and were focused in the game," said coach Leo Austria.
"They realized the importance of this game. This is a very short tournament - just 11 games (in the elims) - so we can't afford to lose back-to-back."
Kevin Alas led the Road Warriors with 20 points. Kiefer Ravena chipped in 16 points and seven assists for NLEX, which dropped to 1-2 after upsetting Ginebra.
San Miguel now sports a 1-1 win-loss slate.
The scores :
SAN MIGUEL 110– Perez 21, Cabagnot 17, Tautuaa 16, Lassiter 14, Fajardo 14, Fajardo 9, Santos 9, Pessumal 10, Zamar 4, Ross 3, Gamalinda 2, Gotladera 0, Comboy 0
NLEX 93 – Alas 20, Soyud 15, Ravena 16, Miranda 5, Quinahan 9, Paniamogan 8, Oftana 7, Semerad 5, Cruz 3, Trollano 3, Porter 2, McAloney 0, Ayonayon 0,
Quarters : 32-22, 61-44, 88-67, 110-93
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