SMB beats Ginebra for share of top spot with TNT

By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno

February 18, 2023, 8:37 am

MANILA – San Miguel survived a late run from Ginebra and won, 102-99, in their PBA Governors' Cup game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday night.

The Beermen held a 98-87 cushion with 2:15 left in the game, but the Gin Kings went on a 12-2 run that cut the lead down to just one, 100-99, with 26.7 seconds left.

Ginebra nearly forced a backcourt violation at the other end, but Cameron Clark saved SMB's play with a wide-open layup that brought the lead back to three with eight seconds left.

John Pinto tried to send the game to overtime, but he misfired the potential game-tying three as time ran out on the Gin Kings.

Clark finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, and one block to lead SMB, which tied TNT at the top of the team standings at 7-1 ahead of their showdown at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig on Sunday night.

CJ Perez added 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals, and one block, while June Mar Fajardo chipped in 12 points, 18 rebounds, 12 of which were offensive boards that made him the sixth player to grab at least 2,000 career offensive rebounds, three steals, and one block.

Christian Standhardinger led Ginebra, which dropped to 3-2, with 29 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and one block.

Justin Brownlee added 21 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, and two blocks, while Scottie Thompson chipped in 13 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block. (PNA)