Canaleta catches fire as Mahindra trips SMB

Mahindra caught an off-form San Miguel Beer, 102-96, Saturday to score its second win in three starts in an out-of-town game at the Alonte Sports Center in Binan, Laguna.

KG Canaleta waxed hot with 3 straight triples late in the fourth quarter to preserve the win for the Enforcers.

After Arwind Santos gave the Beermen a brief 2-pt lead, 86-84, Canaleta took over in a personal 9-0 spurt that gave them enough cushion, 93-86, with 3:21 left.

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Aldrech Ramos came off the bench to scatter a conference-high 26 points while Augustus Gilchrist added 15 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks.  Two more Enforcers hit in double figures with LA Revilla firing 19 and Karl Dehesa chipping in 10.

Tyler Wilkerson was  impressive in his debut finishing with 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting while grabbing 12 boards and collecting 2 assists and 2 blocks. June Mar Fajardo, who did not start the game, was only held down to 8 points in 4 rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench.

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The Beermen missed the services of Alex Cabagnot, whose grandmother passed away. PBA Philippine Cup Finals MVP Chris Ross started and wound up with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.


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