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San Miguel Beermen Halts Skid, Drops TerraFirma Dyip

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San Miguel Beermen finally tasted a win inside the bubble after a 105-98 triumph over the TerraFirma Dyip in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup on Monday night at the AUF Sports Center & Cultural Center in Pampanga.

Moala Tautuaa top-scored with 25 points, Arwind Santos finished with double-double 20 points and 14 rebounds as the defending champions Beermen halted its two-game slide to improve to 2-2 slate.

Marcio Lassiter and Von Pessumal also ended with double-figures with 18 and 17 markers, respectively, while Paul Zamar took over the spot of injured Terrence Romeo and ended up with 11 markers.

The Beermen set the tone early as they led 32-24 with conversions from Tautuaa and Lassiter. SMB were still ahead by double figures in the second period but the Dyip countered with a rally to come to within 51-55 at the half.

SMB went on to build its largest lead at 69-55 in the third period on consecutive points from Tautuaa and a three-pointer by Lassiter, but TerraFirma had another response to come to within 73-75.

The Beermen leaned on its experience in the final quarter as it battled every rally made by the Dyip with key baskets from Pessumal, Zamar and Santos for a 104-93 advantage with over a minute left.

Jaymar Perez finished the match with 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists, while Rashawn McCarthy and Juan Miguel Tiongson added 15 and 11 markers, respectively, as the Dyip suffered its third straight defeat.

BOX SCORE:

SAN MIGUEL 105 – Tautuaa 25, Santos 20, Lassiter 18, Pessumal 17, Zamar 11, Cabagnot 8, Ross 2, Alolino 2, Gamalinda 2, Escoto 0.

TERRAFIRMA 98 – Perez 20, McCarthy 15, Tiongson 11, Ramos 9, Faundo 5, Adams 9, Celda 9, Khobuntin 7, Cahilig 6, Gabayni 5, Camson 2, Calvo 0, Balagasay 0.

Quarterscores: 32-24, 55-51, 75-73, 105-98.

PHOTO: San Miguel Beermen’s Moala Tautuaa attacks the defense of TerraFirma Dyip’s Jeepy Faundo.