The San Miguel Beermen wasted no time putting away Terrafirma Dyip, 122-102, to smoothly march to their third straight win in as many games on Friday in the 2023 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Center.
The Beermen, behind Cameron Clark with 31 points and 14 rebounds, rose to a share of second spot with the NLEX Road Warriors.
CJ Perez added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Beermen, who are now behind the unbeaten Converge FiberXers.
The Dyip, who tote a 1-2 mark, drew 30 points from Jordan Williams.
Mo Tautuaa shot 17, while Allyn Bulanadi chipped in 14.
Clark and Bulanadi banged in eight points apiece in the second quarter as the Beermen exploded with 38 points and took a 57-44 halftime lead.
Bulanadi struck thrice in succession in the last 8:17, his putback and layup finding their marks after Chris Ross hit a trey, allowing the Beermen to move away from a 24-all tie, and ahead, 32-29.
Bulanadi’s trey with 6:19 left then allowed the Beermen to grab a 39-30 lead.
As Dyip struggled and shot nine of 24 attempts in the second period, the Beermen eventually took control after Clark’s putback in the last 21 seconds handed them a 57-44 halftime spread.
“They started strong and we started flat. The best thing about it is after three to four minutes, we woke up and brought our San Miguel (kind of) basketball,” said SMB coach Jorge Gallent.
Simon Enciso’s triple in the final 8:50 of the third later handed their Beermen their biggest edge at 22 points, 68-46,
San Miguel Beermen 122—Clark 31, Perez 20, Tautuaa 17, Bulanadi 14, Lassiter 12, Cruz 9, Fajardo 6, Ross 6, Brondial 4, Enciso 3, Canete 0
Terrafirma Dyip 102—J.Williams 30, Tiongson 20, Camson 18, Cabagnot 10, Calvo 7, Gabayni 6, Ramos 4, Ferrer 3, Daquioag 2, Gomez de Liano 2, Mina 0, Cahilig 0, Alolino 0
QUARTERS: 19-21, 57-44, 88-78, 122-102