San Miguel Beermen shut down the TNT KaTropa in Game 6 for a 102-90 win to clinch the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Friday night.
Entering the playoffs as seventh seed with a 5-6 record, the Beermen needed to overcome the twice-to-beat advantage of NorthPort to set up a best-of-five semifinals series against Rain or Shine.
Outlasting the Elasto Painters in the semis round, 3-1, San Miguel then faced the top seed KaTropa in a best-of-seven championship showdown in which SMB overhauled a 1-2 series deficit by winning three games in a row to clinch the franchise’s 27th crown.
Chris McCullough spearheaded the Beermen in the win with 35 points and 13 boards while frontcourt partners June Mar Fajardo and Christian Standhardinger made significant contribution as well, ending up with 19 and 18 points respectively, with the former also grabbing 13 rebounds.
San Miguel delivered on both ends of the floor, holding the KaTropa to just 35 points in the first half, before pulling away further in the second half by leading by as much as 19 points.
Finals MVP Terrence Romeo provided 10 markers and seven assists while Alex Cabagnot also added 10 points.
Terrence Jones tallied 41 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in a lost cause by TNT.
SAN MIGUEL 102 – McCullough 35, Fajardo 19, Standhardinger 18, Cabagnot 10, Romeo 10, Ross 7, Pessumal 4, Santos 0.
TNT 90 – Jones 41, Castro 16, Pogoy 13, Rosario 8, Heruela 6, Taha 4, Trollano 2, Washington 0, Reyes 0, D. Semerad 0, Casiño 0.
Quarter scores: 26-19, 45-35, 74-63, 102-90.