PBA: San Miguel roughs up TNT in Game 2 to level title series


During a break in the action and his team behind by 28 points, TNT coach Nash Racela could be heard over the TV mic telling his team, “We’ll just study for the next game.”

Racela’s statement of resignation came with an entire fourth quarter yet to be played. He just knew nothing could be done to stop a San Miguel team in full throttle.

Chris Ross scored 20 points and stuffed the stat sheet as he has normally done, while June Mar Fajardo finished with a double-double, as San Miguel pummeled TNT 102-88 in Game 2 of the championship round of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Araneta Coliseum on Friday. 

The best-of-7 series is now tied, with the finals returning to the Big Dome for Game 3 on Sunday.

Fajardo scored a team-high 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Ross registered 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals.

Arwind Santos, who came off the bench in the first half to lead San Miguel’s comeback efforts, scored 16 points and made 4 3-pointers.

Rhodes, who struggled on offense with 7 points, added 11 rebounds and 4 blocks.

TNT busted out of the gates, scoring the game’s first 17 points. Alex Cabagnot stopped the bleeding with a layup a little more than 4 minutes into the opening quarter.

But as the KaTropa’s offense turned cold, the Beermen ate away at the deficit, going on an 11-0 run to start the second quarter and assuming the driver’s seat for the first time, 33-32, on a Rhodes bucket.

San Miguel outscored TNT 66-30 in the second and third quarters combined.

Jayson Castro scored 14 points to lead TNT, as KaTropa’s heroes in the series opener were non-factors in Game 2. 

Roger Pogoy, who finished with a team-high 27 points in Game 1, was scoreless in Game 2. He was ejected after being slapped with a flagrant foul-2 for hitting Santos in the groin.

Justin Smith, whose clutch basket in the dying seconds lifted TNT to a Game 1 win, settled for only 11 points on 8 shots.

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