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Beermen blast Tropang Texters to take 1-0 semis lead

By Dugout Philippines

San Miguel turned the heat up in the final three quarters to wallop, 109-86, in Game 1 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal affair at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Beermen, which trailed, 20-27, after the first quarter, outscored the Tropang Texters, 33-9, in the second quarter to take a 53-36 halftime lead, ending the period on a 25-2 run.

San Miguel continued the pummeling and stretched the lead to as high as 33 points before settling for the 23-point gap in the end.

Junemar Fajardo led the Beermen with 23 points, ten rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and a steal, while Arwind Santos added 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and a block.

Alex Cabagnot, who was re-acquired by San Miguel in a trade for Sol Mercado last week, scored 13 markers, six boards, six dimes, and a swat in his return game.

Ranidel De Ocampo scored 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting off the bench to top score the Tropang Texters in a game where their starters were limited to only 23 points.

Box Scores:

San Miguel 109-Fajardo 23, Santos 21, Cabagnot 13, Lassiter 10, Lutz 7, Tubid 7, Pascual 6, Kramer 5, Semerad 5, Fortuna 4, Omolon 4, Maierhofer 2, Chua 2, Ross 0

Talk 'n Text 86-De Ocampo 20, Seigle 16, Washington 9, Alapag 7, Rosser 7, Castro 6, Alas 5, Espiritu 5, Williams 4, Carey 3, Fonacier 3, Reyes R.J. 1, Reyes R. 0, Aban 0

Quarterscores: 20-27, 53-36, 81-56, 109-86