PBA: San Miguel banks on strong start vs TNT, forces Game 7


Posted at Oct 15 2021 05:33 PM | Updated as of Oct 15 2021 07:03 PM

San Miguel Beer has forced TNT Tropang GIGA to a do-or-die Game 7, fending off the Texters' comeback with a 103-90 win to stay alive in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Friday at the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

The Beermen got off a furious start, outscoring the Texters in the first three quarters and leading by as much as 26 points.

Mo Tautuaa had 24 points for San Miguel, while Marcio Lassiter fired five triples to finish with 19 markers.

Lassiter, who was held to just five points in Game 5, also had five rebounds and three assists.

Terrence Romeo added 16 markers, while Arwind Santos and June Mar Fajardo had 13 and 11, respectively.

Santos and Lassiter conspired early in the game to help the Beermen put up a 53-38 halftime lead. 

The gap widened to 26 markers, but Ryan Reyes and Jayson Castro rallied the Texters in the fourth quarter to pull TNT to within 10 points.

But the Beermen quashed the uprising and closed out TNT with another of Lassiter's dagger threes.

With the win, San Miguel avenged their humiliating 90-110 defeat to TNT last Wednesday.

The two teams are set to battle it out again in Game 7 on Sunday.

The scores:

SMB 103 - Tautuaa 24, Lassiter 19, Romeo 16, Santos 13, Fajardo 11, Cabagnot 9, Perez 8, Ross 3, Pessumal 0, Zamar 0, Gotladera 0, Comboy 0, Gamalinda 0, Sena 0.

TNT 90 - Reyes 16, Castro 16, Erram 11, Rosario 10, M. Williams 9, Heruela 9, Montalbo 6, Pogoy 6, K. Williams 5, Khobuntin 2, Exciminiano 0, Alejandro 0, Marcelo 0, Javier 0, Mendoza 0.

Quarters: 27-21, 53-38, 86-62, 103-90