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SMB bludgeons Ginebra, forces rubber match for finals berth


By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--"Not today, Ginebra."

San Miguel silenced the Ginebra-cheering part of the 22,196-people-strong Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night with a 101-72 win in Game 4 of their PBA Governors' Cup semifinal series.

The Beermen turned the match into a one-sided affair at the start of the second quarter, keeping the Barangay scoreless in the first eight minutes of the period and quickly raced to a huge lead that they never let go.

Marcio Lassiter waxed hot, hitting seven triples and finished with 25 points along with five rebounds, four assists, and one block for SMB, which sent the best-of-five affair to a deciding Game 5 on Tuesday night at the said venue.

Justin Brownlee made 28 markers, five rebounds, one assist, and three steals for Ginebra, which shot only 29 percent from the field.

Box Scores:

San Miguel 101-Lassiter 25, Fajardo 17, Cabagnot 13, Millsap 13, Santos 13, Ross 9, Arana 3, De Ocampo 2, Espinas 2, Heruela 2, Mabulac 2, David 0, Reyes 0, Semerad 0, Tubid 0

Ginebra 72-Brownlee 28, Tenorio 17, Devance 6, Cruz 5, Caguioa 4, Marcelo 4, Helterbrand 3, Bonifacio 2, Salva 2, Aguilar 1, Mariano 0, Mercado 0, Thompson 0

Quarterscores: 30-22, 55-29, 82-52, 101-72

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