June Mar Fajardo’s double-double and Arwind Santos’s 4th quarter heroics anchored the San Miguel Beermen back to the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup with a 106-93 win over the TNT KaTropa at the Mall of Asia Arena Tuesday, March 7.
Fajardo scored a game-high 35 points, hauled down 11 rebounds and swatted two shots while Santos scored 10 of his 15 points in the payoff period to help San Miguel, which had a twice-to-beat advantage, finish the quarterfinals series in one game.
The game was tied at 79-all in the 4th period before the Beermen found their touch from 3-point land with Brian Heruela burying a triple and Santos knocking down back-to-back treys for an 88-83 lead.
TNT narrowed the gap to two points after an Anthony Semerad layup, 88-90, but San Miguel answered with back-to-back Santos and Fajardo buckets, 94-80.
San Miguel scored a 6-0 within the last two minutes to put the nail in the coffin.
Santos, who was ejected with 1:20 minutes left in the game after receiving his second technical foul, also finished with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 4 blocks.