SMB survives Blackwater in OT

Published November 3, 2020, 12:33 PM

by Jeremiah Sevilla

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San Miguel guard Chris Ross attacks the basket against Blackwater defenders. (PBA Images)

SMART CLARK GIGA CITY–Chris Ross took charge in overtime as San Miguel outlasted Blackwater, 90-88, in the one-of-a-kind morning game of the PBA Philippine Cup Tuesday at the AUF Sports Arena here. 

Veteran guard Ross scored five of the Beermen’s six points in the extra period as they cruised to their fourth straight victory in the opener of the first-ever quadruple-header in league history. 

The defending champion improved to 5-2 and stayed in the upper half of the standings as the race gets tight for the precious playoffs spots following a four-day break.  

“This game is the key for us. Kasi kahit papaano ‘yung isang paa namin nasa quarterfinals na,” said SMB coach Leo Austria. 

San Miguel’s Mo Tautuaa. (PBA Images)

Mo Tautuaa once again led the Beermen with a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds while Marcio Lassiter chipped in 12 markers. 

Alex Cabagnot added 11 points and Von Pessumal contributed 10 markers, including the game-sealing free throw. Ross finished with eight points and eight boards. 

Ed Daquioag had 20 points even as Mike Tolomia had 17 markers for Blackwater, which suffered its third consecutive defeat and fell to 2-4. 

The Elite played their first game in 12 days, with the last coming from a 96-109 loss to TNT on October 22. Blackwater’s next two games got postponed as one of its players became the second “false positive” case inside the bubble. 

The PBA resumed after a four-day postponement to comply with the new protocols set by the IATF and DOH, forcing the league to compress the remaining 30 elimination round games in just nine days. 

The scores:

San Miguel (90) – Tautuaa 26, Lassiter 12, Cabagnot 11, Pessumal 10, Santos 9, Ross 8, Gamalinda 5, Zamar 4, Mamaril 3, Escoto 2, Comboy 0.

Blackwater (88) – Daquioag 20, Tolomia 17, Trollano 10, Golla 10, Canaleta 8, Dennison 7, Salem 6, Escoto 5, Gabriel 3, Sumang 2, Dario 0, Magat 0, Shaw 0. 

Quarters: 20-27, 41-41, 66-59, 84-84, 90-88 (OT)