August 8, 2022

San Miguel Beer came alive in the second half as Jericho Cruz and June Mar Fajardo took turns in punishing TNT to claim a 115-99 victory in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Thursday, July 7.

Jericho Cruz (PBA Images)

It was Fajardo who first made his presence felt, throwing his weight around inside the paint before Cruz delivered the telling blows in the huge third quarter explosion for the Beermen to list its seventh win in eight games and give its bid for the Top 2 spot a huge boost.

Cruz reset his career-high to 30 points on a 12-of-20 clip from the field while Fajardo posted 30 points and 16 rebounds . CJ Perez orchestrated the attack for the Beermen with 12 points and 10 assists while Rodney Brondial had a double-double of 12 points and eight boards.

Kelly Williams and Jayson Castro paced TNT with 20 and 17 points respectively but only got 11 points from Mikey Williams who was obviously bothered by the SMB defense with his measly 3-of-14 clip from the field.

Ahead only by two, 61-59, early in the third frame, San Miguel stepped its foot on the gas pedal as it went on a 12-4 run to create the first double-digit spread of the match at 73-63. TNT had four unanswered points but Cruz, who scored 16 of his total during that quarter, retaliated with a 9-2 personal run to establish a 13-point advantage, 82-69.

It was all Beermen from that point as guys like Brondial, Fajardo and Simon Enciso all followed suit in the final frame further padding the lead to its highest at 19, 107-88 with 3:51 left in the game.

TNT whose five-game win streak got snapped by SMB, dropped to a 7-3 record in the standings.

San Miguel Beer came alive in the second half as Jericho Cruz and June Mar Fajardo took turns in punishing TNT to claim a 115-99 victory in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Thursday, July 7.

Jericho Cruz (PBA Images)

It was Fajardo who first made his presence felt, throwing his weight around inside the paint before Cruz delivered the telling blows in the huge third quarter explosion for the Beermen to list its seventh win in eight games and give its bid for the Top 2 spot a huge boost.

Cruz reset his career-high to 30 points on a 12-of-20 clip from the field while Fajardo posted 30 points and 16 rebounds . CJ Perez orchestrated the attack for the Beermen with 12 points and 10 assists while Rodney Brondial had a double-double of 12 points and eight boards.

Kelly Williams and Jayson Castro paced TNT with 20 and 17 points respectively but only got 11 points from Mikey Williams who was obviously bothered by the SMB defense with his measly 3-of-14 clip from the field.

Ahead only by two, 61-59, early in the third frame, San Miguel stepped its foot on the gas pedal as it went on a 12-4 run to create the first double-digit spread of the match at 73-63. TNT had four unanswered points but Cruz, who scored 16 of his total during that quarter, retaliated with a 9-2 personal run to establish a 13-point advantage, 82-69.

It was all Beermen from that point as guys like Brondial, Fajardo and Simon Enciso all followed suit in the final frame further padding the lead to its highest at 19, 107-88 with 3:51 left in the game.

TNT whose five-game win streak got snapped by SMB, dropped to a 7-3 record in the standings.

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