04 November 2010

Bolts 77, Beermen 86

Bolts vs Beermen
San Miguel had a relatively easy time stretching its streak to five games, capitalizing on Macmac Cardona's absence in drubbing Meralco, 86-77, Wednesday night (3 November 2010) in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

Jay Washington, ejected versus B-MEG Derby Ace Saturday for a technical infraction, returned focused on the game at hand, coming through with 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals.

Arwind Santos, Joseph Yeo, Alex Cabagnot and Dondon Hontiveros also churned out key numbers as the Beermen finished the first half of the elimination phase with an impressive 6-1 win-loss record.

The B-Boys just couldn’t keep pace with the Beermen minus Cardona, reeling to a fifth loss against two wins.

Cardona, Meralco's top gun who averages 16.8 points an outing, sat out the game due to a heel injury he suffered in their last game.

"Pinagaralan talaga namin kung ano ang mga advantages namin sa kanila na wala si Cardona. We took advantage of it," said San Miguel coach Ato Agustin.

"Malaking bagay din na bumawi si Jay Washington doon sa pagkaka-thrown out nya in our last game. Focus lang sya sa game ngayon. At yon maganda ang kinalabasan ng laro nya," Agustin added.

Washington led all scorers as he went 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-6 from the stripe.

Santos contributed 19 points and four rebounds, Yeo and Cabagnot chipped in 11 points apiece while Hontiveros added eight points, three rebounds and three assists for the Beermen who kept a perfect card under Agustin.

Olsen Racela achieved a personal milestone, playing his first game at 40.

Racela was the sixth player to play in the league at 40 after Robert Jaworski, Ramon Fernandez, Abet Guidaben, Yoyoy Villamin and Terry Saldana.

The ageless San Miguel warrior, who turned 40 Monday, played 13 minutes, contributing one assist.

The Beermen pummeled the B-Boys in the first three quarters before relaxing a bit in the final period.

SMB outscored Meralco by seven points in the first quarter, by eight in the second and by two in the third. (SB)

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