The San Miguel Beermen were successful to escape the Talk ‘N Text KaTropa in their quarterfinals opener, 80-78.
June Mar Fajardo who was not that too effective most especially in the offensive end in the first half tore down the KaTropa when scoring does matter in the few seconds remaining in the fourth period.
The five-time Most Valuable Player scored the last five points for his team but most importantly they took the driver seat from their opponent.
Fajardo was clamped down in the early goings of the game and coach Leo Austria seems like got forced to adjust his lineup.
Terrence Romeo who played for the first time against his former team played an important role when SMB made its comeback in the second half.
Romeo delivered 15 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists enough for him to be named as the Bida Player of the Game.
Fajardo had another double-double effort with his 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Troy Rosario led TNT in scoring with 23 points while teammate RR Pogoy had 16 markers.
Jayson Castro was only held to only 8 points along with his 6 rebounds and 7 assists.
Game 2 of San Miguel Beermen and the TNT KaTropa is scheduled on Monday.
San Miguel vs Talk ‘N Text Box Score
Quarters: 13-22 | 39-46 | 60-65 | 80-78
Beermen (80) – Lassiter 15, Fajardo 15, Romeo 15, Cabagnot 12, Santos 8, Ross 6, Standahrdinger 5, Rosser 2, Pessumal 2
KaTropa (78) – Rosario 23, Pogoy 16, Trollano 11, Williams 9, Taha 8, Castro 8, Reyes 2, A. Semerad 1