Fresh off a thrilling victory in the Finals opener, San Miguel is gearing up to extend their lead to 2-0 against Magnolia as they resume action in their PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup best-of-seven title series on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The game is set to tip off at 6:15 p.m.
In Game 1, the Beermen secured a 103-95 win with a powerful offensive display led by Best Import candidate Bennie Boatwright, who scored an impressive 28 points, and CJ Perez with 19.
Despite seeing their commanding 20-point lead dwindle to just five towards the end of the game, as Magnolia’s bench players mounted a spirited comeback, the Beermen managed to stave off their opponents and clinch the victory.
SMB coach Jorge Gallent conceded that Magnolia is not a team that easily succumbs to deficits.
“It’s their pressure defense. They tried to disrupt our offense. We just have to settle, and know who to go to,” said Gallent.
The 6-time PBL champion mentor emphasized that maintaining a composed style of basketball has consistently served as a guiding principle for the SMB players.
“When you play a top team like Magnolia, you will have to play 48 minutes of basketball. If you don’t, this is what is going to happen,” he said. “They will have a run, and it’s good, we just didn’t panic. That’s the main thing, the players were composed. They know how to win.”