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SMB begins grand slam bid on high note, mauls Blackwater

By Ivan Saldajeno

ANTIPOLO—San Miguel's season sweep quest went off to a blazing start on Saturday after devouring Blackwater, 118-93, in their PBA Governors' Cup meeting at the Ynares Center.

The Beermen pummeled the Elite in the second and third quarters, outscoring them, 67-38, as new recruit Wendell McKines totally shut down Trevis Simpson in their import showdown.

McKines, who last played for Rain Or Shine, tallied 19 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and one steal in his SMB debut.

Marcio Lassiter also tallied 19 points, five assists, and one steal for SMB, which looks to become only the second team to complete the PBA Grand Slam twice.

Matt Rosser finally got to play for SMB and finished with four points, two rebounds, three assists, and one block in 21 minutes of play.

Mike DiGregorio paced Blackwater with 18 markers, four caroms, one assist, and one steal in a game where Simpson was held scoreless in only 10 minutes of play.

Box Scores:

San Miguel 118-McKines 19, Lassiter 19, Fajardo 18, Espinas 16, Santos 12, Cabagnot 8, Heruela 7, McCarthy 5, Rosser 4, Tubid 3, Pessumal 2, Agovida 2, De Ocampo 2, Reyes 1, Ross 0, Semerad 0

Blackwater 93-Digregorio 18, Sumang 14, Erram 14, Belo 13, Gamalinda 11, Sena 6, Pascual 4, Cervantes 4, Banal 4, Canaleta 3, Cruz 2, Simpson 0, Miranda 0, Aguilar 0

Quarterscores: 27-19, 59-36, 94-57, 118-93

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