The Beermen made a statement with a convincing 91-60 win over the Slammers to tie the series up at one game a piece in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Playoffs semi-final round.
Chris Banchero and Val Acuna led the Beermen with 14 points each. However, Jeric Fortuna gave the Beermen a big boost off the bench. Fortuna contributed 13 points and 5 assists for the Beermen who scored 42 points in the paint.
Before the game, Beermen's head coach Leo Austria aimed to limit Slammers' big man Chris Charles' touch. As a result, Charles was unable to replicate his dominant performance from Game 1 and finished with only 9 points this afternoon. Wutipong Dasom finished with 11 points, followed by Charles who had 9 points and 9 rebound for the Slammers.
San Miguel started to dominate the Slammers at the end of the first period. Thailand was only down 14-12 after Froilan Baguion converted his two free throws with 2:49 left in the first quarter. Banchero then came off the Beermen's bench and sparked an 8-1 run to end the first quarter. Banchero's layup plus two free throws help the Beermen get up to 22-13 after 10 minutes.
In the second quarter, San Miguel's defense continued to thrive against Thailand's offense. The Beermen offense was also clicking on all cylinders. Fortuna opened up the second quarter by knocking down a one-dribble pull up which gave the Beermen their first double-digit lead at 24-13. Right before halftime, Chris Banchero scores on a put back and Justin Williams scores to beat the buzzer to put the Beermen up 42-24 at halftime.
It was all San Miguel early in the third quarter. Although they already held an 18 point lead, Avenido opened up the third quarter with a reverse layup which sparked a 9-2 run. J. Williams capped off the run with a powerful slam to clean up Banchero's missed layup, extending the San Miguel lead to 51-26 with 7:22 left. However, J. Williams' afternoon was cut short after being ejected with 1:19 left in the third quarter. J.Williams received his second unsportmanlike foul after elbowing Darongpan Apiromvilaichai.
Despite missing J. Williams, San Miguel continued to build their lead in the fourth quarter. After only shooting 23% from behind-the-arc in Game 1, San Miguel were able to knock down their three-pointers this afternoon. Acuna ensured his team will even the series at 1-1 with his three-point shot with 3:15 left, giving the Beermen a 29 point lead.
Quarter scoring: Q1(22-13) Q2(20-11) Q3(18-13) Q4(31-23)
Full-Time: Beermen 91-60 Slammers