by Jason Mercene
Picking up from where they left off: With only less than two weeks to prepare, the debuting Beermen recovered in time to flex their muscle down the stretch, erecting a 12-point cushion, led by shooters Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter, in the last five minutes to which the Bolts found hard to climb.
Starter power: San Miguel’s first five accounted for 87 of their 99 points, with reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo collecting 24 points and 12 rebounds. Cabagnot and Lassiter combined for 39 points while import Charles Rhodes finished with 22 and 12.
SMB Twin Tower: As promised from head coach Leo Austria, the twin tower of Fajardo and Rhodes delivered in their first game, making the life of Meralco import Alex Stepheson a little harder in the paint. Stepheson, though, still finished with 21 markers and 26 boards.
Need bench?: Veteran forward Arwind Santos scored 12 points in the game, which was the only bench point for San Miguel as seven Beermen were DNP while back-up guard Ronald Tubid was thrown out in the game due to flagrant foul penalty 2 infraction.
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