Cabagnot’s hot shooting lifts Beermen to 4-0 start
THE rampage continues.
League-leading San Miguel cruised to yet another victory, annihilating Mahindra, 109-80, this time around to stretch its winning run to four and remain unscathed in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City last night.
Alex Cabagnot had his best game of the tournament yet, carrying the Beermen with 26 points and eight rebounds.
The Beermen kept their place at the top as they improved to 4-0 and moved closer to securing a berth in the quarterfinals.
Cabagnot emerged as the game’s Best Player with 26 points (on 4 of 7 three-point shots), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, while Marcio Lassiter did a little bit of everything for his team as he scored 18 points and had 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Only the top eight teams will move forward to the playoffs with the bottom four getting the boot.
This fourth straight defeat dropped Mahindra to 11th place with its now 1-6 slate.
Its chances of making the playoffs are slipping away and it needs to sweep its remaining games to at the very least hope for a playoff.
Meanwhile, streaking Barangay Ginebra (2-1) is dueling with luckless NLEX (0-6) as of this report as the Gin Kings are shooting for a third straight win.
On the other hand, the Road Warriors, the league’s only winless team, are fighting for survival as another loss will eliminate them on the spot.
SAN MIGUEL 109—Cabagnot 26, Rhodes 20, Lassiter 18, Espinas 12, McCarthy 7, Reyes 6, Tubid 6, Santos 4, Van Opstal 4, Ross 2, Heruela 2, Agovida 2, Fajardo 0, Semerad 0, De Ocampo 0.
MAHINDRA 80—Wright 16, Celda 13, David 13, Corpuz 10, Revilla 7, Yee 7, Deutchman 6, Salva 4, Guevarra 2, Caperal 2, Paniamogan 0, Galanza 0, Teng 0, Ballesteros 0.
Quarterscores: 32-16, 55-31, 86-59, 109-80