San Miguel concluded its 2021 PBA Philippine Cup elimination round campaign by knocking out Alaska, 101-100, Wednesday night at the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.
Marcio Lassiter converted a game-winning three-pointer with 3.8 seconds left to put an end to Alaska’s playoff chances.
With 17.6 seconds left on the game clock, the 27-time PBA champs ran a sideline out-of-bounds play off a timeout that led to a go-ahead basket by the 4th overall pick of the 2011 draft.
The Beermen moved one stop closer into their goal of re-claiming the All-Filipino crown as they enter the Philippine Cup playoffs as the 4th seed.
CJ Perez topscored for the Leo Austria-mentored squad with 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting to go along with 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists while June Mar Fajardo posted a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Ross contributed 17 points, 5 assists and 2 rebounds.
“Kailangan naming ipanalo yung game na ‘to kasi yung momentum papuntang playoffs. Gusto ni coach (Leo Austria) na maganda ang laruin namin para sa playoffs hindi kami re-relax relax.” said Perez
“Syempre thank you sa mga coaches sa tiwala and sa mga players,” he added.