PBA: In-form San Miguel clobbers Phoenix to end 3-game slump


Posted at Oct 12 2018 09:33 PM | Updated as of Oct 13 2018 01:03 AM

San Miguel Beer snapped a 3-game losing streak with a dominant win over Phoenix on Friday. PBA Media Bureau

Calvin Abueva figures in scuffle with San Miguel import

Christian Standhardinger finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds, as San Miguel Beer routed Phoenix 117-100 in the PBA Governors' Cup at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay city on Friday.

The Beermen, who entered the game losers of 3 straight, raised their record to 3-4, while Phoenix dropped to 6-3.

San Miguel was in control after 3 quarters, but asserted its dominance 6 minutes into the fourth, a stretch in which the Beermen limited Phoenix to just one basket to take a 100-85 lead and cruise from there.

Marcio Lassiter added 26 points and 5 3-pointers, while Kevin Murphy chipped in 26 points and 7 triples for the Beermen, who used a 15-3 run in the second quarter to take the driver's seat it never relinquished.

Overall, San Miguel shot 15 of 41 from downtown (36%).

Eugene Phelps led Phoenix with 37 points, 26 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Things got heated at the 4:17 mark of the game, though, with the Beermen assured of victory.

Kevin Murphy and Phoenix's Calvin Abueva were jostling for position in the paint, when Murphy dragged Abueva via chokehold all the way to the advertising board. 

Players of both sides then rushed toward their respective teammates, with game officials, team officials and coliseum security trying to break apart the scrum.

Murphy was called for a flagrant foul-1, while Phoenix coach Louie Alas and team manager Paolo Bugia were assessed technical fouls for entering the court.

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