San Miguel topples TNT to regain PBA Philippine Cup crown

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The San Miguel Beermen are back on top of the Philippine Basketball Association.

After a long three-year wait, the Beermen recaptured the Philippine Cup crown with a dominant 119-97 victory over the TNT Tropang Giga in Game Seven on Sunday night at the packed Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

This championship is San Miguel’s first since they won the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup, which was also the last season where they hoisted the Philippine Cup crown.

The Beermen turned it up in the fourth canto, uncorking a massive 17-0 blast that turned an 84-89 deficit into a 101-89 lead from which they never looked back from. June Mar Fajardo, CJ Perez, Marcio Lassiter, and Vic Manuel all had a hand in the game-deciding run that allowed the Beermen to raise their lead to a high of 25.

Seven different players scored in double-figures for San Miguel, underscoring the team’s incredible depth. Perez led the way with 25 points and seven rebounds.

Fajardo, the University of Cebu product, added 19 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks. The 6-foot-10 gentle giant was eventually named the Finals MVP.

Manuel added 16, Lassiter finished with 15, while Simon Enciso and Chris Ross had 12 points apiece, the latter coming up with three huge three-pointers in the fourth to seal the title win for San Miguel.

Jayson Castro carried the offensive burden for TNT with 32 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists. TNT played without head coach Chot Reyes, who sat out the game due to health protocols and big man Poy Erram who was ejected in the second period after incurring an flagrant foul penalty two.

Mikey Williams added 22 markers but fell silent late in the match after scoring 17 in the first quarter.