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PBA Finals Game 5 Ginebra vs SMB
- Updated: March 5, 2017
The San Miguel Beermen kept its stranglehold of dominance in the All-Filipino Conference, defeating the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings, 91-85, to clinch a third consecutive Oppo PBA Philippine Cup championship in Game 5 of the best-of-seven series on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos each had 21 points to lead San Miguel while Alex Cabagnot chipped in with 18 markers.
Chris Ross, who was named Finals MVP, finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists and six steals in the clincher.
With the win, San Miguel becomes the second PBA franchise to take home the Jun Bernardino Trophy, better known as the “Perpetual Trophy”. It is awarded to a team that wins three straight in the All-Filipino conference, something that the Talk ‘N Text franchise also did from 2011-2013.
San Miguel won the series, 4-1. They blew Ginebra out by 27 points in Game 1 before falling short in a wild overtime classic in Game 2. The Beermen, though, took the last three games, including this one, to secure its place in the history books.
SMB led by double-digits, 51-41, at halftime of this one before having to hold off several Ginebra comebacks in the third and fourth quarters.
Most of their lead was erased in the last four and a half minutes of the third quarter, where the Kings rallied with a 10-2 run, led by Joe Devance. A late basket by Mark Caguioa got them back to within two points, 63-61, by the end of the period.
San Miguel opened the fourth on a three-point play from Fajardo and some baskets from Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross early but Sol Mercado, who scored the Ginebra’s first 11 points in the fourth quarter, got the Kings back to within one, 70-69, after a three-pointer and two free throws.
The Beermen stretched their lead back up to nine points before LA Tenorio hit two triples and Japeth Aguilar made a big dunk as part of an 11-3 comeback run from the Kings, who again trailed by just one with 2:28 remaining.
But San Miguel responded by scoring the next seven points while holding Ginebra scoreless until Aguilar finally broke their drought with a basket, 91-85, with just 12 seconds left to play in the game.