San Miguel leaned on a Robbie Herndon-led fourth-quarter bombardment to run away with a 122-106 romp over NorthPort and take solo leadership in the PBA Philippine Cup Saturday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
A pre-season trade acquisition from Converge, Herndon rifled in 11 of his 21 big points in the final canto to spark a 40-24 exchange that cleared the path to the Beermen’s third straight win and 6-1 overall.
Herndon joined forces with fellow gunner Marcio Lassiter and backup playmaker Paul Zamar in towing SMB to a 111-90 tear after being dragged into an 82-82 stalemate through three quarters.
Lassiter finished with 18 and Zamar 15 to complement the usual production of June Mar Fajardo (21-9-3), CJ Perez (17-9-12) and Jericho Cruz (12) in the 16-point disposal of a Robert Bolick-less NorthPort crew that has now lost five straight after a 2-0 start.
The Beermen spoiled the career milestone achieved by Batang Pier veteran Arwind Santos, who with 25 markers became only the 17th player in PBA history to score 10,000 points.
Roi Sumang added 20 for NorthPort, filling in for Bolick who was sidelined by the ankle injury he sustained in their loss to TNT last Wednesday.
It was Herndon’s best game since joining SMB.