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SMB survives Talk ‘N Text; clinches top spot

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June Mar Fajardo and Tyler Wilkerson maneuvered the San Miguel Beermen to victory after a late game surge against the Tropang Talk ‘N Text, 104-98, in the 2016 OPPO PBA Commisioner’s Cup.

San Miguel moved to the top spot of the PBA rankings with a twice-to-beat advantage in hand coming to the playoffs.

Wilkerson had a whale of a night with 36 points, 15 rebounds and four assist. Fajardo chipped 18 points on 7/11 field goal for the team.

After trailing 10 points in the fourth quarter, the Beermen found ways to overcome Talk ‘N Text in the last minutes of the game. Wilkerson hit a clutch three-pointer to cut the Texter’s lead in striking distance. Meanwhile, Fajardo made back-to-back lay-ups to take control of the game, 95-94.

Alex Cabagnot’s trey and Wilkerson’s jumper extended SMB’s lead down the stretch. Then Fajardo sealed the victory for San Miguel with a put-back.

The San Miguel Beermen will face the Star Hotshots in the quarterfinals.