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San Miguel Beer Takes Down Sister Team Barangay Ginebra

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San Miguel Beermen returned to its winning ways in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup following its 81-66 manhandling of sister team Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings on Sunday night at the AUF Sports Arena & Cultural Center in Pampanga.

Moala Tautuaa tallied double-double 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Marcio Lassiter added 12 markers as the defending champions Beermen snapped its two-game losing skid.

Chris Ross posted double-double 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Riego Gamalinda and Alex Cabagnot also had 11 each as the Beermen moved up to fourth spot with 6-4 slate.

After losing its last two matches, the Beermen showed determination early on as it established a 53-34 advantage behind conversions from Lassiter, Arwind Santos and Von Pessumal.

The Kings responded with a huge rally in the third period to come to as close as 53-56 but the Beermen drew timely conversions from Tautuaa, Cabagnot and Ross to maintain the double-digit edge the rest of the way.

Japeth Aguilar tallied 13 points, Earl Scottie Thompson had a near triple-double 12 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, while Aljon Mariano contributed 11 as the Kings remained at no. 1 spot with 7-3 slate.

BOX SCORE:

SAN MIGUEL 81 – Tautuaa 20, Lassiter 12, Gamalinda 11, Ross 11, Cabagnot 11, Santos 7, Pessumal 7, Zamar 2, Escoto 0, Comboy 0, Mamaril 0.

GINEBRA 66 – J. Aguilar 13, Thompson 12, Mariano 11, Tolentino 8, Pringle 7, Caperal 7, Dillinger 2, Chan 2, Dela Cruz 2, R. Aguilar 2, Tenorio 0, Devance 0, Balanza 0, Salado 0.

Quarterscores: 27-22, 53-36, 64-56, 81-66.