MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Bear opened his title-recovery bid on a great note by beating Phoenix 108-100 in the nightcap of the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup Elimination on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Jun Mar Fazardo played with lasting brilliance, finishing 24 points 15 rebounds with six assists and three blocks.
Vic Manuel has chipped in just as much as Chris Ross added 17, both of whom are expanding to help the beerman endure to enjoy a great night out from his pair of rookies on behalf of a painful fuel master.
Tyler TO and Enco Serano backstopped Phoenix captain Matthew Wright’s 22 for 32.
San Miguel will next face the NLX in a competition where both clubs are hoping to get a streak. They are fighting this Friday at the Yanares Center in Antipolo.
Meanwhile, Phoenix is hoping to ruin Meralco’s conference debut on Saturday in a competition scheduled at the top of the hill.
St. Michael 108 – Fazardo 24, Manuel 24, Perez 19, Ross 17, Brundial 9, Tautua 8, Lacitar 6, Pesumal 1, Enciso 0.
Phoenix 100 – Wright 22, TO17, Perkins 15, Serano 15, Jazul 9, Mokon 5, Tin 5, Easter 4, Melesio 3, Manganti 3, Muang 2, Porter 0, Rios 0, Garcia 0.
Quarters: 23-25, 54-51, 83-77, 108-100.
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