ABL: Beermen face Warriors in Finals rematch

The San Miguel Beermen head to the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Finals after a 77-61 win over the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers to wrap their series 3-1.


With this win, San Miguel earned a rematch with the Indonesia Warriors in the 2013 ABL Finals and a chance to avenge their loss last season.

Paulo Hubalde led all scoring with 16 points, Asi Taulava finished with 15 points and Brian Williams added 10 points for the Beermen.

Taulava gave a lot of credit to the young Slammers team for giving them a tough battle throughout the series.

"We take our hats off to the Slammers. It was not an easy series," Taulava said, in his post-game interview.

After a big performance in game three, Taulava started right where left off as he capped off an 11-0 run by the Beermen with his putback and a fade-away bank shot to give the Beermen a 13-4 lead midway through the first period. Shooting 50% from the field in the first quarter helped San Miguel grab a 21-13 lead after 10 minutes.

Darrius Brannon has not made a lot of impact for the Slammers during this series, but he brought in a lot of energy for the Slammers in the second quarter. Brannon opened up the second quarter with his layup which sparked an 8-2 run for the Slammers.

Baguion finished up the run with his three-pointer to cut the Slammers' deficit to 23-22 with 7:36 left in the second period. Thailand was able to tie the game at 30 all after Brannon's finger roll, however Jeric Fortuna made a three-point shot before the half to put the Beermen ahead at 33-30 going into the locker room.

After a strong second quarter, Brannon suffered an injury after his teammate Darongpan Apiromvilaichai fell on his knee early in the third quarter. Brannon was unable to return to the game.

San Miguel stepped up their game in the second and their defense picked up in intensity as they were making all the hustle plays. The Beermen held the Slammers to only 11 points in the third period. Justin Williams scores on a putback and Chris Banchero had a layup to end the third quarter, giving the Beermen a 53-41 lead.

The stingy defense of San Miguel continued to force the Slammers to commit turnovers. Two layups from Banchero off turnovers from Slammers' players put the game away for good as the Beermen went up 67-51 with 2:44 left, sealing San Miguel's ticket back to the ABL Finals.

Chris Charles finished with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 block shots while Brannon had 10 points. Baguion added 8 points for the Slammers who were struggling from the free throw line. Thailand missed 16 of their 21 free throws in this game.

Next up, San Miguel will take on the Indonesia Warriors on Friday June 7th at Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City, for game one of the AirAsia 2013 ABL Finals.

Quarter scoring: Q1(13-21) Q2(17-12) Q3(11-20) Q4(20-24)

Full-Time: Slammers 61-77 Beermen

Slammers: Charles - 15, Brannon - 10, Baguion - 8, Dasom - 6, Klahan - 5, Apiromvilaichai - 5, Lertlaaokul - 4, Sekteera - 3, Kongkum - 2, Ghogar - 2, Gonzaga - 1.

Beermen: Hubalde - 16, Taulava - 15, B. Williams - 10, Avenido - 9, Banchero - 8, J. Williams - 6, Fortuna - 6, Menk - 3, Luanzon - 2, Cawaling - 2.

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