PBA Finals: Beermen complete 5-peat with wild Game 7 win

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San Miguel Beermen proclaimed the All-Filipino champions after winning the best-of-7 series of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, 4-3 Wednesday at the Big Dome. It was touted as a game for the ages.

Beermen remain the All-Filipino champions after winning the best-of-7 series, 4-3. San Miguel has also done something that no other team has ever done and that’s capture five straight titles in the Philippine Cup.

San Miguel had to rally in the fourth quarter despite being down by as many as 17 points, with Alex Cabagnot, Terrence Romeo, Arwind Santos, and June Mar Fajardo all hitting crucial shots.

Cabagnot shot the biggest field goal for the Beermen, drilling a baseline fadeaway with 57 seconds to go for a 72-71 lead. That proved to be Game 7’s final make.

Magnolia may had one final chance to steal the title after Fajardo missed two free throws with 4.8 seconds to go but Paul Lee barely made it passed the opposing three-point line and his final attempt at a last basket was way off.

San Miguel then survived a Marcio Lassiter turnover late by stopping the Hotshots multiple times in the final minute to keep the score at 72-71.

Cabagnot led the San Miguel offense with 18 points, half of them on the fourth quarter, while Arwind added 17 points to go along with 11 rebounds.

June Mar Fajardo, the Finals MVP, also had 17 points on top of 31 huge rebounds. 31 rebounds are the most by any local in PBA history and Fajardo broke the previous record of 29 by Marcelo Simbulan for 7-Up in 1975.

Leaving behind the first seven points of Game 7, Magnolia recovered and delivered an incredible defensive performance, setting the tone of the game very early.

Hotshots set backed San Miguel to just five points in the second, the lowest ever in a Game 7, as they took over with a 43-26 lead early in the second half.

Ian Sangalang fired up the Hotshots with 18 points but only had five in the second half. Paul Lee and Rafi Reavis garnered 11 each for Magnolia.

Such loss is particularly upsetting for the Hotshots as they gave up the series lead for the first time at the most ill-timed moment.

Magnolia had let out on a lot of things with the Game 7 defeat, including back-to-back conference titles and the distinction as the team that ended the greatest All-Filipino dynasty ever.

Scores count:

San Miguel 72 – Cabagnot 18, Santos 17, Fajardo 17, Ross 7, Lassiter 5, Romeo 4, Standhardinger 4, Rosser 0, Pessumal 0.

Magnolia 71 – Sangalang 18, Reavis 11, Lee 11, Jalalon 8, Barroca 7, Ramos 6, Melton 5, Dela Rosa 3, Brondial 2, Herndon 0.

Quarters: 20-24, 25-38, 50-58, 72-71.

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