San Miguel nabs early lead in standings with win over NLEX; Ginebra survives Blackwater

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The San Miguel Beermen won their second game in a row with a 100-92 victory over the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA Season 47 Philippine Cup on Friday afternoon at the Ynares Center.

The win propper San Miguel atop the standings with a 2-0 card. CJ Perez filled the stat-sheet up with 19 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals as San Miguel came all the way back from a 12-point deficit to steal the win.

Marcio Lassiter added 18 markers, going 4-of-8 from rainbow country in a game where he reached a personal milestone of 1,000 three-pointers.

Power forward Vic Manuel came off the bench and added 14 points, while Chris Ross chipped in 13. Six-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo was held down to just nine points but he grabbed 14 rebounds.

NLEX was within striking distance, 83-86, after a bucket by Calvin Oftana with less than six minutes remaining. However, Fajardo canned two free-throws while Perez shot in a jumper and a free-throw to give San Miguel a 91-83 lead.

Ginebra 85, Blackwater 82

Barangay Ginebra showed nerves of steel as they overcame a valiant stand by Blackwater to prevail, 85-82.

Reigning league MVP Scottie Thompson and Japeth Aguilar rescued Ginebra from the jaws of defeat as they scored crucial points in crunchtime to give the Kings a victorious debut this season.

The Bossing looked poised to pull off the monumental upset as they led, 82-79, after a left-handed layup and a tough jumper by Joshua Torralba with 1:05 to go in the match. But Thompson got fouled and made two free-throws to trim the deficit to just one, 81-82, with 55 seconds left.

Blackwater had several chances to extend their lead but JV Casio missed a triple while Baser Amer threw an errant pass with 25 seconds to go to give possession back to Ginebra.

The Kings then took advantage as Aguilar rose up and canned a midrange jumper to shove Ginebra in front, 83-82, with eight ticks left.

Amer then doomed Blackwater’s final offensive as he dribbled the ball off his foot and out of bounds.

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