In the battle of the sister teams, the San Miguel Beermen showed why they are the favorites to win against Barangay Ginebra.
The Beermen took down Ginebra, 102-90, in Game 1 of their best-of-seven semifinals affair Friday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Arwind Santos paved the way for San Miguel with 23 points, eight rebounds,
After converting five three-point shots, the Beermen found their groove and dictated the tempo from then on.
It was a sad sight to see players from both squads succumb to injuries on separate plays in the first half of the match.
SMB’s David Semerad hurt his right knee on a loose ball play at the 9:03 mark of the second period.
Ginebra’s Paolo Taha, on the other hand, sustained a right knee injury with 33.1 seconds remaining in the same quarter.
Picking up where he left off, Santos continued to provide a stellar performance to give the San Miguel a 50-41 advantage at the halftime break.