San Miguel Defeated Meralco 89 - 78 on PBA Game 5
August 12, at the SMART Araneta Coliseum, Game 5 of the best-of-7 semifinals of the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup between the San Miguel Beermen and the Meralco Bolts was a key game. The San Miguel Beermen defeated the Meralco Bolts 89-78, thanks to a solid third quarter.
CJ Perez led the Beermen with a game-high 25 points (9/17 FG, 2/6 3PT, 5/8 FT), 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal, giving the SMB a commanding 3-2 series lead. Jericho Cruz had a good game. He scored 17 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, stole 2 balls, and gave out 1 assist. In 35 minutes of play, June Mar Fajardo got 12 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal for a double-double.
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After beating Meralco 89-78 in Game 5 on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, SAN Miguel is almost back in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
After being behind 44-41 at halftime, the Beermen took back control of the game in the third quarter, thanks to Jericho Cruz and CJ Perez. During that stretch, Cruz and Perez each had nine points. Then, after the Bolts made a late comeback, Rodney Brondial made a big play to keep the win.
San Miguel now has a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series and is getting closer to completing the all-Filipino finals for the first time since 2019. “The third quarter was the most important,” said coach Leo Austria after a game in which the Beermen shot 55 percent from the floor and held Meralco to 28 percent.
“What happened was that we kept running the same plays and didn’t change our defense.” Perez finished with 25 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, which was the most for his team. Cruz had 17 points and started a 13-0 run that gave San Miguel a 59-50 lead after they were behind by four points early in the third quarter.
But the Bolts fought back in the fourth quarter thanks to Chris Newsome and Aaron Black. After Allein Maliksi’s fourth and last three-pointer of the night, they were only 78-76 behind with 3:08 left.
Brondial, on the other hand, scored all five of his points during a 9-0 run by San Miguel that put them back in the lead, 87-76. Newsome had 24 points, six rebounds, and four assists to lead the Bolts, but he also turned the ball over seven times.
PBA Game 5 Score Highlights
89 SAN MIGUEL – Perez 25 (9reb 5ast 2blk), Cruz 17 (4reb 2stl), Fajardo 12 (15reb 4ast 2blk), Enciso 10 (5stl 2reb 2ast), Tautuaa 9 (3reb), Manuel 6 (3reb), Brondial 5 (7reb), Lassiter 5, Ross 0 (2reb), Herndon 0.
78 MERALCO : Newsome 24, Maliksi 12, Hodge 11, Quinto 11, Almazan 8, Black 6, Pascual 3, Banchero 2, Hugnatan 2, Baclao 0, Jose 0.
Quarters: 25-22, 41-44, 67-56, and 89-78.
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