Even sans June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel Beer made a big return from a 24-day break in PBA wars and in the process automatically claimed a twice-to-beat incentive in the coming Governors’ Cup quarterfinals.
Coming from a forgettable stint in the EASL Champions Week in Japan, the Beermen poured their frustration on the NLEX Road Warriors, pounding out a 120-106 win for a sure Top 3 finish in the elims of the season-ending tourney.
Cameron Clark and his teammates take a shot at either No. 1 or No. 2 as they tangle with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at the close of the elims Friday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig.
Pacesetting TNT Tropang Giga and Barangay Ginebra clash in the 5:45 p.m. mainer of the elims closer.
Going to that crucial settos, the Tropang Giga tote a 9-1 win-loss card while the Beermen and the Kings sport identical 8-2 marks.
Against NLEX, coach Jorge Gallent and his troops buckled down to work right away, blasting their foes’ bid and thus sending the Road Warriors dropping from No. 4 to No. 6.
NLEX actually ended in a three-way tie at No. 4 with Meralco and Magnolia.