The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 3 against the San Miguel Beermen at 7:00 P.M. on March 1, 2017 in the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The biggest stage of the Philippine Basketball Association is already set and the best-of-seven series between Ginebra and San Miguel will resume this evening.
After their game in Lucena City in Quezon Province, both teams are now tied at 1-1.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel opened Game 2 with hot shooting and suffocating defense against the Beermen. Compared to Game 1, it seems the world went upside down as the basketball puts favor to coach Tim Cone’s team.
Ginebra led as much as 26 points in the opening half. Kevin Ferrer was instrumental in that Ginebra run as he poured in 18 points before the last buzzer of the second quarter has sounded.
Apart from its struggle on finding its bread-and-butter hi-low offense, June Mar Fajardo was slapped with an early two personal fouls.
However, in the third quarter San Miguel made a run and outscored Ginebra 15-0 that puts the game closer. Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter found its strokes behind the three-point territory and the Beermen ended the third quarter only chasing 3 points with a score of 82-85.
Unfortunately, San Miguel lost key players in that Game 2. Marcio Lassiter who was still scorching the net with his 21 points was ejected because of taunting while June Mar Fajardo continued his foul troubles and ended up committing his sixth fouls before the final fourth quarter buzzer.
Ronald Tubid, another SMB player who is hot from three-point area had the chance to give the Beermen a three-point led less than four seconds in the game. However, the colorful guard split his free-throws and gave Ginebra a chance to tie the game.
That was exactly what happened, with 3.2 seconds remaing Joe Devance went hard to the basket. His first attempt was blocked by Arwind Santos but Devance able to rebound the ball and threw a hail-mary shot. The ball went in and Game 2 required another quarter to decide which team will win.
At the start of extra period, both teams still doesn’t want to let go with each other as the score still close. With Fajardo already fouled out, the big men of Ginebra started to dominate the paint as well as its guards.
Scottie Thompson’s driving lay-up with less than a minute to go in the overtime lifts Ginebra with four points lead. Thompson was just 2 assists away for a triple-double. He finished with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 8 assists.
Chris Ross was also slapped with his last foul in OT and joined Fajardo and Lassiter in the sideline. With three of its best players already gone, San Miguel can no longer keep up the pace and gave BGSM its first win in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
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